NORTH GREENBUSH, N.Y. -- A Rensselaer City Court judge is ordering the North Greenbush supervisor to pay an unpaid bill to a local restaurant owner.
According the court's decision from Wednesday, Lou Desso has to pay more than $6,200 to Moscatiello's Italian Family Restaurant for an unpaid bill.
“I think there are issues with the decision that I don’t agree with," Desso said.
According to court papers, the dispute stems from a June 2015 campaign fundraiser Desso held at the Italian restaurant. The event was supposed to be for 50 to 75 people, but instead expanded to around 500 people during the party. Court papers also show Desso never paid the bill for the event. But he did write a $1,300 check for the wait staff that worked the event.
Desso says he never got a bill until August, more than two years after the party. That created a misunderstanding over the initial verbal agreement.
"I believe that we presented a strong case that seems to be misrepresented in the ruling,” Desso said.
Court documents show Moscatiello's did make a $750 donation to Desso's campaign. In the ruling, the judge says Desso's wife, who is also the town supervisor's campaign treasurer, misfiled the bill from the restaurant.
"It is the opinion of this court that embarrassment, misunderstanding and hurt feelings resulted in the escalation of a simple oral contract between the parties to allegations of unethical behavior, election law violations and a political war," wrote Judge Kathleen Robichaud.
In a statement, Michael Moscatiello said: "For the past 2 years, Lou Desso has falsified his Financial Records with State Board of Elections to conceal the debt he refused to pay at my expense. I hope the State board of Elections will now act and take the appropriate action against him."
Desso says he and his attorney are still reviewing the decision. But he added an appeal is "a very real possibility."