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County Government Devolves Into Finger-Pointing Over Roof Insurance

SCRANTON, PA (CelebrityAccess MediaWire) — Lackawana County has changed its tune in regards to liability insurance on the Toyota Pavilion at Montage Mountain. County officials had previously claimed that the policy had been in place but that it didn't cover the fabric-based roof of the venue. However, now former county commissioner Robert C. Cordaro has told the Scranton Times-Tribune that the policy in question, had been in fact, canceled.

So why didn't the county fess up to this, and claim that the roof wasn't covered? Cordaro says that he decided to not share the information with the public in order to shield agents and companies involved from public displeasure during an election cycle.

"I said, 'We are going to collect on this claim.' It was going to be pursued after the election. We were not going to let any of these people get embarrassed politically," Mr. Cordaro told the Times-Trib . "Any indication that we were not going to make a claim is false."

Joe Durkin, an insurance agency with J. Durkin insurance Consultants has reportedly given different accounts of the insurance status as well. He denied ever canceling the policy to the press but Chuck Volpe Jr., president of Foxco Insurance Management Services Inc., and attorney for Housing & Redevelopment Insurance Exchange said his firm canceled the insurance after being directed to do so by Durkin

"Everything in Mr. Verrastro’s file, everything the underwriters have told me, and my own personal recollection — all of (Mr. Durkin’s) actions seem to contradict what he’s saying now." Volpe said.

In light of all of these contradictory statements, it is difficult to know who will eventually be stuck with the bill for the replacement roof. – CelebrityAccess Staff Writers