Kingston Mayor Jim Sottile has filed a libel suit against Clark Richters over comments made on his blog, Ulster County Politics, allegedly reporting that the Mayor was going to be indicted on bid rigging. In the suit Sottile claims to have suffered ridicule, damage to his good name and reputation and is seeking 100 thousand dollars in damages.
Mayor Sottile and his attorney Joe O'Connor, are both friends of mine so I'm not going to comment on the matter. I do feel however, Sottile is trying to make a point with this lawsuit more than anything else. Furthermore, Jim Sottile is a person with a family and just because he is a public official does not give anyone the right to say whatever they want about him.