NIAGARA FALLS - One of three former top executives of the Niagara Falls Water Board has sued the board over his firing in February.
Norman D. Allen, who was dismissed as the board's infrastructure and operations director, filed suit April 5 in State Supreme Court. The suit seeks to invalidate the firing and demands damages of $270,000, or three times Allen's annual salary, as well as an assurance that the agency will continue to supply him with health insurance.
Allen was ousted along with Executive Director Paul J. Drof and Administrative Services director Anthony M. Hahn in what the board's majority and Mayor Paul A. Dyster said was a needed housecleaning of what Dyster called an "unresponsive" agency.
Opponents of the move described it as a union-backed coup facilitated by the appointment of new members to the board by Dyster and the City Council in January and February. The board majority chose new officials for the top three executive jobs without having advertised for applicants.