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December 29, 2012

Final settlement proposal deadline approaching

Mayor Stephen Zanni to offer 'final proposal'

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Zanni’s most recent settlement offer came in late October. Though both sides have repeatedly refused to disclose the cost associated with a deal, Solomon has described the mayor’s last proposal as “too low, like not even in the ballpark.”

Zanni said Solomon never formally responded to his last offer.

“I’m going to reach out one more time,” said Zanni. “I’m looking at what’s best for the city here.”

“I look forward to seeing what he has to say,” Solomon said yesterday.

Also present at the executive session was Assistant Solicitor Anne Randazzo. Two councilors were not in attendance: Michael Condon and Chairwoman Jennifer Kannan, who has recused herself with matters involving the Solomon cases to prevent the appearance of a conflict of interest. Kannan’s sister is a partner with a law firm representing Solomon.

Several councilors who attended the meeting said they want to see the cases settled before the Feb. 27 scheduling conference.

“I think it’s important for everyone to be on board with the goal,” said Councilor Lisa Ferry. “And the goal is to settle this once and for all.”

Others cautioned that the council only has the authority to approve or disapprove a settlement agreement.

“We can ask, recommend or advise, but we’re not the authority to come to an agreement,” said Councilor Joyce Campagnone. “That’s the mayor’s doing.”

“It’s an executive decision,” added Councilor Jeanne Pappalardo. “I believe that both parties need to work together in order to come to a fair agreement.”

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