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DECISION EXPECTED SHORTLY ON REINSTATING SUITOR

A decision on the possible reinstatement of fired Police Officer H. James Suitor may be announced within the next couple of days, Councilman Marc M. Carpenter said Wednesday.

Four members of the Town Board met in private for 25 minutes Wednesday with Suitor and his union representative, Steve Juliani.

Suitor was dismissed by the Town Board in November 1997 as a result of an Oct. 14, 1996, incident in which two juveniles were charged with trespassing after they allegedly broke into a vacant John Street house owned by Suitor. The boys' mother later charged that Suitor's wife, Town Clerk Cindy W. Suitor, assaulted the boys, identified as the Suitors' nephews, in the back seat of a police car.

No charges were filed against Mrs. Suitor after a town justice said he found no cause. Because Suitor allegedly had tried to negotiate with the mother of the two boys to stave off any charges against Mrs. Suitor, the boys' mother filed a lawsuit and the Town Board fired him.

The five-member Appellate Division of State Supreme Court ruled Dec. 31 that the firing of Suitor was unjustified, setting the stage for his possible reinstatement. In dismissing him, the board gave no reasons except for "misconduct in office."

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