A common sense reading of the statutory laws pertaining to the West Indian Co. Ltd. begs a significant question: At what point should an advocate advise its clients that the battle is lost and by law, WICO is in fact not a private corporation but a public entity?

When The Daily News brought to light the exorbitant $1,500 per meeting being paid to board members — and $2,000 to the chairman — Tourism Commissioner and WICO Chairman Joseph Boschulte tried to justify the payment on the basis that it was a “tradition” (“WICO board gets $14,000 stipend per meeting,” The Daily News, June 16, 2019).