ROCHESTER - A Monroe County judge is expected to make a decision Thursday in the civil case between Joseph Camardo Jr. and the city of Auburn.

Supreme Court Judge Joseph D. Valentino said during a court hearing today that he will release a written decision Thursday which will either dismiss two separate lawsuits Camardo has filed against the city or allow the local attorney to continue to pursue one or both complaints in court.

Both Camardo's attorney, Carl DePalma, and city attorney Andrew Fusco argued their cases in front of Valentino during a long hearing that lasted more than two hours. Camardo is suing the city over the ongoing project to demolish the Kalet's building on South Street to make room for a performing arts venue.

Camardo's complaints include property line disputes and allegations that the city is illegally wasting taxpayer dollars on the project. He is also claiming the city did not follow proper environmental regulations through the planning stages of the project.

The city disputes his claims and moved to dismiss both of Camardo's lawsuits, and Fusco argued for dismissal during Wednesday's hearing.

Camardo owns a building next to the Kalet's property. The former department store building was almost entirely demolished as of this afternoon, though the building's west wall still stands due to a temporary court order released earlier in the case.

Read Thursday's edition of The Citizen for a detailed report.

(7) comments

MrSmith
MrSmith

For a good laugh read the transcript from the previous hearing (earlier this month) regarding the attorney eating pizza and holding up the demolition. You get a feel for what this Carmado guy is really like. Its amazing these guys ever got a license to practice law.

oracle
oracle

However, the judge after reviewing the facts gave injunctive relief to Mr. Camardo right after that hearing! The decision will come tomorrow so until that decision comes no one will know of the outcome here. Your comment regarding his capabilities is totally unfounded. He has had a successful practice for well over 36 years. His clients even included many, prominent locals along with city and county officials. You are obviously ignorant of his standing within the legal profession and are not knowledgeable enough to comment regarding him.

EnvironmentalProtection
EnvironmentalProtection

MrSmith - you seem to be mistaken. After the hearing, the judge awarded Camardo an injunction, stopping the City from tearing the wall down

The Word
The Word

Mr. Camardo has acted respectfully and within his rights. Your attack is unwarranted. If it was your building that was in jeopardy you would be crying the loudest. The Judge will make his ruling tomorrow. Perhaps you should keep the comments to yourself until then.

Edited by staff.

mamimbe
mamimbe

And what is he going to do with this wall if he wins? Everything else id demolished.

MrSmith
MrSmith

Read it again...the judge hammered Carmado's attorney for accusing Fusco of lying...but he could not show where he lied, then asked him for legal basis of his complaint for which he had none and in the end the city was granted permission to have the Carmado clan removed from harms way based on legal grounds. Carmado got to keep a wall thats not even his...go look in the alley..his building does not even touch the wall in question. Wait...i think i hear an ambulance going by...

MrSmith
MrSmith

i rest my case. Again...read the case file from March 31..and you will see what the people involved are really like....

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