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Utica Fire Chief in Supreme Court

Lawyers representing Utica Mayor Robert Palmieri and the City of Utica and Utica Fire Chief Russell Brooks were in supreme court on Monday, the judge didn't reach a decision.

Posted: Nov. 27, 2017 11:25 PM

ROME- Lawyers representing Utica Mayor Robert Palmieri and the City of Utica and Utica Fire Chief Russell Brooks were in supreme court on Monday, the judge didn't reach a decision.

A topic of conversation among both sides was whether the Chief acquired his illness from 911, or from his more than 40 years of serving as a firefighter.

During the proceedings Brooks' attorney, Earl Redding, touched on statute 92D saying Brooks qualifies for all the benefits because under this law, the applicant needs to prove they have served at the World Trade Center site.

Redding said he believes Brooks is entitled to these benefits. "We are confident in the facts and in the law. We feel confident that we made the accurate and true depiction of the facts and the law here." He added, "Chief Brooks is entitled to 92D benefits as a resuklt of his time at 9/11."

The attorney for the city wouldn't talk on camera. The judge said he would review what happened and come to a decision, no word as to when that will be.

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