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Saturday, April 26, 2003

On the Line: Westport Attorney Battles for Two-Town Client

Attorney Alan Neigher lives in Fairfield but works in Westport. But not by much. A good golfer standing outside his office near the Super Stop and Shop on Post Road East could probably hit a ball across the town line into Fairfield.

What does that have to do with anything? Maybe nothing. But it is interesting to note as Neigher does battle for a client who lives mostly in Stamford but is trying to convince Greenwich he ought to be considered a resident there, at least for voting purposes.

Todays Greenwich Time highlights the legal dispute and quotes from a legal brief filed by Neigher in which he argues that “no law requires that a party living on property bisected by town boundaries must vote where (he) or she pays the greater amount of real estate taxes, or where their bedroom is located.Ҕ

For political trivia buffs, it is also interesting to note that Neigher, better known for his legal briefs on behalf of his media and entertainment clients, is opposed by the First Selectman of Easton on the issue.

The Town of Greenwich hired Bridgeport attorney William Kupinse Jr., who also wears the hat of Eastons top elected official, to represent its two registrars of voters in the dispute.

For longtime area media buffs, there is another interesting note: Alan Neigher is the son of the late Harry Neigher, a well-known columnist and cartoonist for the old Bridgeport Herald, (later the Bridgeport Sunday Herald), and probably knows a thing or two about publicity for his cases when he wants it.

Perhaps that, along with his other media connections, has something to do with how NeigherҒs Greenwich-Stamford border case ended up on the front page of The New York Times metropolitan section April 10 under the headline: Is It Greenwich Or Stamford? Lay Your Head On Either Side.”

Update: A special arbitration panel ruled May 16 that Neigher’s client was improperly removed from the Greenwich voter list, but the panel’s decision did not address what determines residency, which could leave room for him to be removed again.


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