Attorney Irv Ackelsberg

Link: Lawyer threatens suit over library shutdowns [Inky]

The suit is based on a city ordinance that states in part: "No city-owned facility shall be closed . . . without specific approval . . . from City Council."

"We're taking the mayor to court to compel him to follow the law," Ackelsberg said.

Last night, Smith said it was the city's contention that the ordinance is "invalid" because it runs contrary to the City Charter, essentially the "constitution" of the city.

Smith said that the charter gives the mayor authority to close the libraries if he deems it necessary.

By writing the ordinance 20 years ago, City Council overstepped the powers granted to it by the charter, Smith said.

Whether Smith is correct legally may be for a judge to decide.