Canandaigua’s law needs addressed

A law firm with an office across the way from City Hall will be handling legal duties for at least the next year.

City Council on Thursday night voted to appoint Boylan Code LLP as corporation counsel.

The one-year, $100,000 deal will give the city a chance to see how it works out, said City Manager John Goodwin. In addition, the city will pay $225 an hour for any added litigation services, Goodwin said.

Tipping the scales was the firm’s knowledge and experience in municipal law. Councilmember Jim Terwilliger said that also was what the city valued in former Corporation Counsel Michele O. Smith when she was appointed in 2004.

“That was something we did not see in the other applicants,” Terwilliger said Thursday.

Terence Robinson, who recently joined the firm’s Canandaigua office as a partner in the firm’s litigation and municipal law practice groups, will be the lead attorney, Goodwin said.

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