This is the latest of dozens of versions of the document that would govern the workings of a new group of Feoffees. Read more about it here.
This school research paper written by then law student Kathleen Brill remains the most compact and readable history of the Trust and how we got to the situation we are facing today.
Apart from developing the argument for why the Feoffees should be considered a public entity subject to the Open Meeting Law, this document also has a good summary of the history embedded in it.
This is one of many versions of the Trust Administration document that was worked on over the years. This one of notable because it shows that earlier versions did hew more to the grant funding model and would have given the Feoffees much more control over the distribution of funds than versions currently under discussion.
Here is the reference report from the Town Committee on the Feoffees that was established by Town Meeting in 2001.
A letter from then Assistant Attorney General Deirdre Rosenberg detailing the behavior of the Feoffees and concluding with the statement “the Attorney General has not decided whether the current Feoffees can continue to serve as Trustees of Little Neck. However, I strongly suspect that the answer will be in the negative.”
How times have changed. Now the current Assistant Attorney General Johanna Soris is fully supportive of the same Feoffees.
According to Ed Traverso, Ms. Rosenberg encouraged the School Committee at the time to seek reparations, but leadership of the School Committee was not interested. The rest is history.
This meeting marked the beginning of the Bob Weatherall, Sr. era of public scrutiny.