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Soos files suit over firing from Board of Elections

NORTH TONAWANDA – Former North Tonawanda Mayor Lawrence V. Soos is suing the Niagara County Democratic Committee and the Niagara County Board of Elections over his firing from the board three years ago.

The suit, filed in Buffalo federal court, claims the party and Board of Elections violated Soos’ free speech rights when it terminated him from a part-time job at the board.

The firing came just a day after Soos, a Democrat, spoke out against Nicholas J. Forster’s candidacy for Democratic party chairman in October of 2012. Forster was elected and Soos said he was fired the next day.