Essex County Considering Joining Multi-County Telecom Suit

June 4, 2019

Source: Adirondack Daily Enterprise

The Essex County Board of Supervisors is considering hiring the New York City law firm Napoli Shkolnik — which is representing the counties of Fulton, Nassau, Otsego, Schoharie, Sullivan and Wyoming in the lawsuit. The lawsuit alleges that local 911 services are underfunded as a result of the apparent failure of AT&T, Frontier Communications, Time Warner Cable and Verizon to accurately bill, collect and hand over revenue generated from 911 calls. The companies have “made multiple material misstatements of fact” to the counties, the lawsuit says, and have either failed to file reports or provided “false monthly and annual reports.” The lawsuit also cites a 2018 report from the state comptroller’s office that found a number of discrepancies in how companies’ administrative fees were calculated and how payments were recorded or reported. The lawsuit was filed in state Supreme Court in Nassau County, Long Island in early May.

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