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Court dismisses Shawn Gray’s lawsuit against village

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CANTON - The St. Lawrence County Supreme Court has dismissed a lawsuit filed by local resident Shawn Gray against the Village of Massena.

In October, 2009, the Village of Massena Department of Public Works, at Mr. Gray’s request, installed a new sewer lateral to Mr. Gray’s home located at 56 East Orvis Street. The Village’s invoice for the work performed totaled $5,299.48. In Mr. Gray’s lawsuit against the Village, he contended that Village of Massena Local Law 230-5(C) was invalid, and that his bill should be reduced to $750.00.

The Village was represented by attorney Matthew H. McArdle of Fischer, Bessette, Muldowney & Hunter, LLP, in Malone.

Mr. McArdle stated that the Supreme Court’s Decision “validates the Village’s actions in this case, and firmly establishes that the Village acted reasonably and appropriately”.

In dismissing Mr. Gray’s Complaint, the Supreme Court noted that Mr. Gray’s interpretation of the law was “strained” and “not supported by the language of the statute.”

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