Friday, February 27, 2015

Greece Town Agrees To Settle Pignato Suits


The D&C reports: 
The Town of Greece has agreed to settle lawsuits from two women who alleged they were coerced into sex by former Greece Police Officer Gary Pignato.
The town board last week agreed to authorize settlements with the two women, meeting minutes show. The minutes did not state how much money the two women would receive under the settlements.
Supervisor Bill Reilich said the settlements will be covered by insurance. He declined to say how much the women will be paid.
"The settlement amount is not one taxpayer dollar," Reilich said.
A jury in 2009 convicted Pignato of coercing into sex one of the women who sued him. He later pleaded guilty to official misconduct and trespassing in the case involving the second woman.
Pignato was imprisoned until 2013, when he was released on parole.
The two women also sued the town and former Greece Police Chief Merritt Rahn, who was convicted of helping falsify a background check to get Pignato hired after Pignato was fired from the city police department.
The town last year sued its insurer, Lloyd's of London, after Lloyd's refused to cover the costs of the litigation. Lloyd's determined that Pignato was off-duty at the time of the alleged sexual assaults and was "not acting within the scope of [his] duties at the time."
Reilich declined to comment about the Lloyd's lawsuit.
Attorneys have been under a gag order with the lawsuit, which was being heard in Livingston County.
SCATS ~~ So then, Bill ... is it MORE than one taxpayer dollar ??

29 comments:

Anonymous said...

Aren't insurance premiums paid with taxpayer dollars?

How much are annual insurance premiums last 5yrs... and going forward?

In the end, liability and responsibility rests with a taxpayer funded operation that failed to function properly.

Anonymous said...

Hearing the amounts being reported by news outlets this evening, it certainly seems the Town should have put Piglet's entertainment activities out for bid. There was no slortage of hookers in the Town in 2009, and I'm sure they would have bid.

Hell, the Town probably could have gotten a better deal from one of the massage parlors.

Anonymous said...

I'm not so sure Relic is being totally honest on this one.
It's been my experience that most municipal liability insurance policies contain a substantial deductible amount designed to lower the premium costs. Unless the towns plan calls for 100% full coverage , the town would be obligated to pay the amount of the deductible with the insurance company paying the balance. For example, the GCSD plan has a $25,000 deductible damage clause to cover civil litigation.

SCATS said...

To 10:39PM & 9:19AM ~~ There is NO WAY Reilich is being honest!! This case has ALREADY COST GREECE TAXPAYERS A TON OF $$$$!!

Why do politicians "believe" that anything provided outside their little fiefdom isn't taxpayer funded???

Anonymous said...

I was so hoping I would read Billy's statement to the effect "This closes a long, dark chapter on police abuse in our community." Of course not. After all, he buddied with these guys during the whole debacle, including the Chief and the other dirty bastard, and the other 2... too many to count. Some still working, some behind bars, some retiring comfortably to Florida.

Anonymous said...

Long before Reilich arrived the case had hit the insurance threshold. The final settlement was structured so the insurance paid the settlement. What might of been paid under Augberger was already paid and gone. If the settlement was structured differently the town could of had to pay additional dollars. That was not the case.

SCATS said...

To 9:28PM ~~ But the insurer was refusing to pay.

Anonymous said...

Insurer did pay in the end.

Anonymous said...

I find it very odd that both news stories broke on the same day. This one and the Holiday Inn Fire. Relic was hoping no one would pay attention to the Pignato settlement, thus they called on Doorley to make the news.

SCATS said...

To 1:42PM ~~ Funny you say that. I was tied up until evening so heard it all later on. I was immediately struck by how odd they both came to fruition concurrently. I wonder how many little "debts" were called in to make it happen ... ?

Anonymous said...

Boy that Relich fella is powerful. He has been reported to control the U.S. Senate and the White House (Mike Green judgeship) the Democrat governor (shut down the moreland commision) He controls the local Democrats at the county and town level and now the news media. You can either not believe all this malarkey or if its true stop talking about him his rath could be powerful! This stuff is all baloney. If any of you spent 10 minutes talking to him you would walk away saying he's a decent guy. I know I have done that!

SCATS said...

To 4:20PM ~~ I've heard him talk. It was such a huge turnoff with all the spin (i.e. "malarkey") he injects I know I couldn't stomach a one-on-one! Look at the glossy, pretty propaganda piece we just got in the mail. They brag about improved parking for the new Dewey Ave. library branch. LMAO!!! In reality, there are FEWER on-site spaces than before. Who wants to walk down the next block in the weather we've had to go to/from their vehicle to visit the library? But hey, it fits in with EVERYTHING at the Town Hall campus: among the most inconvenient parking anywhere in town - especially for the handicapped who visit the Senior Center!

BTW, what the heck is "his rath"??

Anonymous said...

I think the Supervisor is a "decent guy" and taking all measures to balance a budget deficit he inherited. The "Pignato suits" are additional wreckage from a past administration. Budget balancing and cleaning up past debris are herculean tasks others avoided tackling. The parking lot to the new Barnard Crossing location is about 70 steps. It is certainly closer than a walk enter a Wegman's or the mall. It seems that no matter what he does, he will be a target for criticism.

SCATS said...

To 3:18PM ~~ You are in DENIAL, as are most of his supporters! To blame things on the past administration without bothering to mention that they were also REPUBLICANS & Mr. Big was and is the head of the party. He had NOTHING to say about Auggie's exploits. Silence is acceptance in my book.

Anonymous said...

Reilich as a political boss does not tell electeds how to do there job. Nor is he looking over there shoulder when they make mistakes. To say otherwise is lack of how it works on the Republican side since he became chairman. The last chair ran the county and others Reilich only took the job stating that is not his style. His job is to elect Republicans not do there job once elected. To that end he has done an outstanding job winning almost every race he touches.

SCATS said...

To 8:39PM ~~ I never said he should tell them how to do their work. I said he was silent when he ought to have been critical. Silence = acceptance! Even odder, AFTER he took office, he started blaming the past administration for the state of things. As if he had no clue until then?? LMAO What a tool.

Anonymous said...

I see Reilich has people at Town Hall posting on this blog during work hours. Shouldn't that be just cause for firing someone?

SCATS said...

To 10:26AM ~~ I suspect you are correct! ANYTHING to stop the truth.

Anonymous said...

How can you tell they are at town hall? Since the vast majority of people support the supervisor (that's how he won the election by a landslide)you assume citizens like myself can't be positive. If you assume it's town employees should I then assume all you basher's are 40 and living in your parents basements.

SCATS said...

To 12:15PM ~~ Few "supporters" make any effort once they vote.

BTW, bashers is plural, therefore no need for an apostrophe!

My parents live in MY basement ;)

Anonymous said...

Silence in no way equals acceptance. Occasionally silence is necessary when all the facts are not available to offer a knowledgable opinion. This is typical of people making judgments based on seeing only 10% of the iceberg. It's never fruitful or complete.

I'm not in "denial." I've met him and I think he is addressing issues that have gone unattended for a number of years. That isn't "blame." Those are facts. The fact that they shared the same political denomination in no way inherently credits the standing of the existing supervisor with the shortcomings of the previous supervisor.

These are simply opinions to consider before briskly casting judgments. There is value in disagreement of opinion and certainly in debate.

Anonymous said...

Now you've skewered yourself Mr Litterbox, and I have you by the scruff of your neck.

You will immediately say and print only nice things about me and my Sports District, or I will show your post admitting you are running a multifamily occupancy to Leo Carrol and your property will be reassessed accordingly. That'll fix your nasty ass!
You'll need a second job to pay the higher taxes, and have no avenue of appeal.

Don't mess with Babsie unless you want your wiskers singed.

BDW actually just BD now.

SCATS said...

To 1:42PM ~~ You got me now!

SCATS said...

To 1:36PM ~~ I'm sorry, but I learned as a child that if one does wrong, others will let you know. That simply hasn't been the case in Greece, thus the ongoing scandals among the CLOSED, CLUBBY & CORRUPTED who run this town!

SILENCE IS ACCEPTANCE!

Anonymous said...

SCATS- you never criticize Sheldon Silver you must agree with them. Since this is a Greece Central complaint blog, you talk about other subjects why not Shelly? You don't complain about Dave Garetson so you must agree with his management of the Democratic party.

SCATS said...

To 7:06PM ~~ Seldom do we diverge away from issues that are related to GREECE only. You need to re-read the title info on this BLOG, because you are way behind times! By at least 4 years!

"Smarter CATS BLOG with "SCATS" - Smarter Citizens for Accountability in the Town & Schools"

Anonymous said...

Now that I've caught up with current times, thank you.
"Smarter CATS BLOG with "SCATS" - Smarter Citizens for Accountability in the Town & Schools"

You don't complain about Dave Garetson so you must agree with his management of the Democratic party.


SCATS said... SILENCE IS ACCEPTANCE!

Anonymous said...

What is it with the town of Greece and sex crimes committed by law enforcement.....and now today, teachers?!

SCATS said...

To 8:51PM ~~ I haven't heard barely a peep out of DG, so there's not much to comment on. Nice try though.