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Councilwoman’s Lawsuit Costs City Thousands

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By Mark Gerlach

A lawsuit filed by Councilwoman Cindy Holmes last March has cost the City of Newburgh $4,480. The price tag on the city’s total defense costs was confirmed by City Comptroller Kathryn Mack after an inquiry from The Sentinel. The costs are from March 28 until Dec. 31, 2016.

Holmes filed the lawsuit against the city and City Manager Michael Ciaravino after data was deleted from her city-issued iPad. In her lawsuit, Holmes claims she was violated under the 14th Amendment, pertaining to procedural and substantive due process. Holmes said she was surprised on Jan. 8, 2016 to find her iPad was cleared of data, such as documents, photos, emails and other information.

City council members receive iPads for city-related responsibilities. Other council members also had data on their iPads deleted.

Ciaravino said the decision was made to clear the data after a breach that left city information and accounts unprotected.

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