February 18, 2021
It’s been a little over two years since 1,100 former St. Clare’s health care workers learned they were no longer receiving their pensions.
The legal battle continues, after a lawsuit has been filed against the Albany Roman Catholic Diocese, the St. Clare’s Corporation, and two local bishops.
Attorney General, Letitia James, is also launching a separate investigation. But now, a joint motion has been filed between the lawyers working on behalf of the pensioners and the Attorney General’s Office to compel the defendants to produce documents and information.
“This means we have the option to work with the Attorney General’s Office, to sit down and get the documents and talk to people,” explained Victoria Esposito, Advocacy Director of the Legal Aid Society of Northeastern New York. “So we are going to get to do depositions, which is basically talking to people under oath. We are still discussing how that is going to work and how many people, but this where the process allows us to get information we haven’t been able to get up ‘til now.”
Esposito said they are hoping to learn through these documents as to why certain decisions were made by the St. Clare’s Corporation, and the involvement the diocese had.