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Village of Ilion facing potential lawsuit after deputy fire chief placed on leave

The lawyer for an Ilion firefighter who was placed on administrative leave says his client will pursue legal action if he doesn't get his job back by next week.

Posted: Apr 2, 2021 5:50 PM

ILION, N.Y. – The lawyer for an Ilion firefighter who was placed on administrative leave says his client will pursue legal action if he doesn't get his job back by next week.

Attorney Anthony Brindisi says the Ilion Fire Department placed his client, Michael Conover, on leave in February without explanation.

Brindisi says Conover hasn’t had any infractions in more than 20 years with the department, and if the village doesn’t reinstate him as deputy chief by next week, he will pursue legal action.

In February, Mayor Brian Lamica confirmed that two members of the fire department were under investigation after a complaint was received that could put the village at risk of liability. Lamica said the investigation started in the fall.

The Ilion Fire Department does not currently have a chief. Under a shared services agreement, the Little Falls fire chief is overseeing the department in the interim, along with three of Ilion's deputy chiefs.

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