Millions Spent on New York Law Firms Only Found Because of FOIA Request – Could Be “Tip of the Iceberg”
Harrison Township – The Candice for Macomb campaign announced the endorsement of several local leaders as a result of the revelation that Public Works Commissioner Anthony Marrocco wasted more than $5 million on legal fees without gaining the permission of 11 Macomb communities. The Macomb Daily reported earlier this week that Anthony Marrocco spent $5 million, including $3.8 million to a New York law firm, in losing lawsuits that caused water and sewer rates to go up in those communities.
As a result of learning this information and reacting to recent trust lost in the operation of the Public Works Department, Harrison Township Supervisor Ken Verkest, Shelby Township Supervisor Rick Stathakis and Washington Township Supervisor Dan O’Leary all announced their endorsement of Candice Miller for Macomb County Public Works Commissioner. The local leaders cited their confidence in Miller’s leadership and her commitment to be more transparent in the Macomb County Public Works Commissioner’s office as reason for their respective endorsements.
Last week, Michael Taylor, Mayor of Sterling Heights endorsed Miller saying, “City administration in Sterling Heights is frustrated — to say the least — with the lack of transparency in the Public Works office, particularly with regards to increases in sewer rates. A recent FOIA request revealed that millions of dollars in legal fees paid to a New York law firm have been charged to Sterling Heights residents without justification. This is just one of many issues that cause our administration concern.”
Harrison Township Supervisor Ken Verkest said, “It is wrong for Anthony Marrocco to spend millions on losing lawsuits and pass the bill along to Harrison Township citizens in higher sewage rates. Candice Miller has always been a straight shooter who operates in a transparent way, and is solely focused on making government work better for the citizens. I am proud to endorse Candice Miller. She will get to the bottom of this mess.”
Shelby Township Supervisor Rick Stathakis said, “Far too many families in Shelby Township are struggling with massive increases in their sewage fees and now we know why. The fact that a FOIA request had to be made to find out where $5 million dollars of taxpayer money was spent is just one example of how Anthony Marrocco has mistreated Macomb County residents, and that is unacceptable. Candice Miller is the right person at the right time to help clean up our water issues and put the focus back on serving the people of our community where it belongs.”
Washington Township Supervisor Dan O’Leary said, “I support Candice Miller. The people of Washington Township who are being forced to pay ever higher water and sewer bills have a right to know how their money is being spent. The waste and lack of transparency on the part of Anthony Marrocco is simply unacceptable. Candice Miller will bring leadership, transparency and will work with local communities to make certain that the fees paid by our citizens will be used to solve the water and sewer issues which should have been fixed long ago.”
It is important to note that it took a FOIA request by County Executive Mark Hackel to uncover the source of the rate increases. Marrocco’s office took 45 days to answer the request and only responded to the specific questions asked by Hackel.
Candice Miller said, “I’d like to thank these Macomb County leaders for their endorsement. I have made no secret that I intend to bring clean water and clean government to Macomb County. That is what the people of our community expect and deserve, and is exactly what they will get. This lack of transparency and accountability to the taxpayers in Macomb County is deeply troubling and something I intend to fix when I am elected.”
Miller continued, “There is no telling how many more millions of dollars Macomb County residents are paying as a result of Anthony Marrocco’s wasteful spending and mismanagement which is why I am committed to conducting a full forensic audit of Macomb County drain funds so we can get to the bottom of this problem. When I am Public Works Commissioner the rate payers dollars will be used only to fix our infrastructure and improve service. The people of Macomb County will finally get clean water and clean government.”
Candice Miller has also been endorsed by Macomb County Executive Mark Hackel, the Detroit News and the Detroit Free Press, the Macomb County Farm Bureau, and dozens of local leaders, environmentalists and community activists across Macomb County.
PAID FOR BY CANDICE MILLER FOR MACOMB, P.O. BOX 694, MT. CLEMENS, MI 48046