Better keep Len off the booze

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A Mayor in New Mexico signed up million dollar plus contracts while intoxicated.

Ever have one of those nights where you wake up with a hangover and $1 million worth of architecture contracts?

No? Martin Resendiz (D), the Mayor of Sunland Park, New Mexico, certainly has.

According to court documents, Resendiz admitted in a June 2010 deposition that he was drunk when he signed nine contracts with the architectural design firm Synthesis+ for $1 million worth of work.

Resendiz said in the deposition that he signed the documents in May or June of 2008 at the local restaurant Ardovino’s after “a good two and a half, three hours” of drinking, Rene Romo of theAlbuquerque Journal reports (sub req).

“Again, this was after two or three hours of us drinking, not exactly the best time to do business, not exactly the best time to read over legal documents, which [Synthesis+ executive Daniel Soltero] did not portray at any time to be legal documents,” Resendiz said, according to a transcript of the deposition.

“The day I signed … I had way too much to drink. It was after 5 p.m. and I signed it (the contracts) and I didn’t know what I was signing,” Resendiz wrote as a response to questions from lawyers for the firm. “My sister had to pick me up.”

I hope Conor Roberts is keeping Len away from the booze. He might sign up contractors for his rail loop.

Clearly though Andrew Williams has been advising Mayor Resendiz.


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  • Mully

    No contractors will try – he doesn’t have the money to spend.

    Interesting to read he’s considering selling council assets to pay for stuff. Considering that’s horrible National Party strategy for Lefty Len.

  • peterwn

    The contracts would very likely be unenforceable under NZ law if the contractor was aware that the client’s agent was drunk at the time of signing.

  • gazzaw

    A quick check on whichever Eden Park corporate box Len has managed to inveigle himself into tonight might be worthwhile for future reference.