In the past year, the Buffalo Public School District has spent $47,000 of taxpayer money on legal fees and investigations. Last year the school district spent $12,000 on private counsel to defend school board president, Barbara Nevergold, in a matter against another board member, Carl Paladino. “According to district invoices, the $12,000 figure has grown to $34,000. That’s because the district doesn’t use its own attorneys to handle legal fights among board members.” The district explained that the nature of the dispute as well as a possible conflict of interest necessitated the hiring of private counsel and thus, its associated costs.
As reported by Watchdog.com, Rusty Hardin, the lead attorney attempting to impeach University of Texas regent Wallace Hall, has produced his first invoice in seven months, despite being contractually obligated to produce monthly invoices.