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FISTFIGHT WITH MAYOR TO BRING NO CHARGES

Authorities say no charges will be filed over a fistfight between a city councilman and the mayor during a closed-door meeting.

The fight last Thursday left Auburn Mayor Timothy Lattimore with a black eye. Both Lattimore and Councilor David Dempsey wrote public letters of apology.

However, Auburn Police Chief Gary Giannotta and Cayuga County District Attorney James Vargason said neither Lattimore nor Dempsey cooperated and the investigation into the matter had been closed. Based on witness' accounts, there was "apparent mutual consent to fistfight," Giannotta said.

"Without cooperation from a victim who is not equally at fault, it would be difficult at best to sustain a prosecution," Vargason said. "Furthermore . . . I'm not certain there is a 'victim' who has the right to complain."

Lattimore, in his letter, said the fight broke out over a disagreement with Dempsey over a $3,000 severance payment to Lattimore's former secretary, who left after less than six months on the job.

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