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Demoted town workers appeal

Still, the supervisor decided to pursue disciplinary action against Neeley and Romano, who were in supervisory positions at the time of the paving job. The hearings were held in August before Bethlehem Justice Paul Dwyer.

Prior to the hearings, the men were suspended without pay for five weeks, according to Wright.

Before Dwyer had the chance to pass on his recommendations to town officials, Neeley and Romano filed separate but similar lawsuits against the town for targeting them and suspending them while they feel only their immediate supervisors should have had the authority to do so.

Those lawsuits have not yet been settled.

At the conclusion of the August hearings, Dwyer recommended each be placed on a 60-day suspension without pay.

The decision to demote the former department heads announced during a Dec. 4 Town Board was not a part of Dwyer's recommendation.

Wright said Neeley and Romano are appealing the demotion decision because it exceeds Dwyer's recommendation. "

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