ROUND ONE TO THE DEMOCRATS
Round One in Tutunjian & Co.'s lawsuit goes to the Democrats.
In response to a request by attorney Richard Hanft, Republican Judge Henry Zwack has recused himself from Tutunjian V Troy City Council and the companion case, Raise Happy People V Troy City Council.
According to sources, the basis for the recusal was a conversation between Judge Zwack and a Council member on the pay-hike revocation. That conversation occurred before the lawsuit was filed.
We're joking about Round One going to the Democrats. Far be it from us to presume that a judge would decide a case based solely on political affiliation. However, it's not a stretch to believe Tutunjian & Co. were not entirely displeased at the assignment of Judge Zwack.
The new judge will be Thomas Egan, a Democrat, if that kind of thing is important to you.
Judge Zwack deserves credit for doing the right thing. Needless to say, that doesn't always happen in Rensselaer County.