WESTCHESTER COUNTY BUSINESS JOURNAL: Pace Closes Law Center for Helping Towns | Westfair Online

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‘According to Dean Nira Herrmann of the Dyson College of Arts and Sciences at Pace, “Over the past few years, the revenues for the Edwin G. Michaelian Institute for Public Policy and Management and the Edwin G. Michaelian Municipal Law Resource Center (MLRC) have been less than a quarter of the costs incurred by the Dyson College of Arts and Sciences at Pace University for running them. This resulted in the difficult and highly considered decision to close the MLRC and significantly reduce the Michaelian Institute. In the current financial climate, particularly among municipal governments, not-for-profits and hospitals, all of whom were our primary clients, it was unlikely that we would be able to generate the funding necessary to continue operating the MLRC and the Michaelian Institute as they were organized.” Herrmann responded via email to requests for comment from the Business Journal.

Attorney Lester D. Steinman, who served as director of MLRC at Pace since 1984, said the closure would mean “a tremendous loss for local governments.”

A typical municipal problem, as put forth by Solimine, might involve merging services. “We need to know what’s the best way and the advice is a phone call away,” he said. “Our annual dues for the service are $800 and it was well worth that amount. If it were two times that amount it would still be cheap.”

Solimine said Pelham would support the re-establishment of the center even if it meant paying more. He suggested a sliding scale where larger towns pay more. “I don’t think it would be very onerous,” he said. “It certainly would be worth it.” ‘

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