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SLOAN BOARD SETS HEARING ON FORMER MAYOR'S CLAIM

The Sloan Village Board will conduct an investigatory hearing next Friday on a notice of claim filed against the village by former Mayor Adeline Sicignano and former Village Clerk
Patricia Krezmien.

The closed hearing will provide the village the opportunity to question the former village officials on their claim of defamation of character and loss of unused vacation pay. The hearing will be held before a court stenographer in the Municipal Building on Reiman Street. As a municipality, the village has the right to investigate the notice of claim further. Paul D. Weiss, attorney for the former village officials, said his clients have yet to file a formal complaint in the matter, and have one year to do so.

Weiss contends that current Mayor Kenneth Pokorski defamed Mrs. Sicignano by claiming "improprieties" took place during her administration. The village, according to Weiss, also owes Mrs. Krezmien $2,000 in accumulated vacation pay.

In May, the Village Board called for a full state audit of the previous village government but the request was denied. The village continues to conduct its own investigation and has been assisted in some matters by the state comptroller's Technical Assistance Bureau.

Village Attorney David Dale, who will represent the village next Friday, said the village "can ask any questions" and will be seeking a "clarification of notice of claim" at the hearing. Dale has denied Weiss' allegations. He said the village's investigation into the previous administration is continuing.

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