Who's Telling the Truth?

By Dave Greber

August 20, 2012 Updated Aug 21, 2012 at 12:51 PM EDT

(WBNG Binghamton) Despite repeated attempts by Action News reporters, a local politician has been unable to produce documents she says catch Endicott Mayor John Bertoni in a multi-million-dollar lie.

Town of Union Interim Supervisor Rose Sotak, along with members of her administration, called a press conference last week for the sole purpose of disputing comments made by Bertoni about the tax reassessment of the Huron Campus.

The reassessment will allow Huron Campus owners to pay less than a third of the taxes they've been paying since 2002.

Bertoni cried foul, saying the Town of Union, which negotiated the deal, sold Endicott out and forced them to lose close to $2 million in tax revenue.

Bertoni says he was never even invited to the bargaining table.

Sotak did not return repeated calls Friday and Monday seeking comment.

When asked about the issue today, Bertoni said: "I don't know why they can't admit that they did not inform us."

He added that union officials told him "...you don't have to be involved in it (negotiations)."

Sotak said she has proof Bertoni was invited to negotiation meetings. But up to this point, she has not been able to provide it to Action News.

New York state law allows public records, such as correspondence among public officials, to be released without delay if they are readily available.

Sotak made repeated references during last week's press conference of "evidence" of invitations from the Town of Union to the Village of Endicott.

Whether those invitations exist still remains in question.

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