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Yorkville business owner says he's the victim of bullying

Owner of Full Throttle BBQ speaks out about what he says is a clear case of bullying by the village of Yorkville.

Posted: May 21, 2021 7:02 PM

Yorkville, N.Y. - If you've ever been to Voss's on Oriskany Boulevard in Yorkville, you know how hard it can be to park in the their parking lot because it gets so busy.

Some people have been known to park illegally on the road behind the popular eatery, or in some cases, park in the parking lot of the business next door, Full Throttle BBQ.

The owner of Full Throttle BBQ, Michael Hill Sr., says he has had a number of cars towed this spring for people parking in his lot, but going next door to order and eat.

Hill says he had one towed on Tuesday and ever since, he hasn't slept much because of what happened after.

Hill says a woman parked in his lot just after noon on Tuesday and she was walking over to Voss's when he asked her to move her vehicle. He says she told him, 'You don't know who I am', and she walked away.

Hill says he then called to have her car towed and when she got back, her car was up on a flatbed, so she called her husband, Yorkville Village Trustee David Morasco, who then had his brother, Joe Morasco, a Village of Yorkville employee, come down to help his wife.

Hill says Joe Morasco threatened him, "He says lower this 'blanking' vehicle now. And I said I can't, that's his truck, I don't have nothing to do with it. And that's when he came up to me and told me right to my face that he would close me up, and I won't be able to operate in Yorkville. He threatened to close my doors down and he says 'you will not be operating in Yorkville if it's up to me, you stepped on the wrong toes this time'."

Hill says this is a clear case of bullying, "I'm against people who try to bully people, push them around and use authority that they don't have the right to use. I did feel very intimidated by him, I really did. Because, can they close me down, I don't know. Can they pull strings, I don't know, but I'm not gonna be bullied at all. I will not be bullied at all and pushed around or strong armed at all."

Hill says the woman eventually wrote a check to the tow truck driver and the car was lowered, but he says within minutes after that, another worker from the village came by and ordered him to move his two dumpsters off of what they say was village property, "They sat there for a year and a half, they never said anything about it, the minute I towed somebody's vehicle which was a relative to a board member, now I had to move my dumpsters, it's not fair it really isn't."

That isn't all, Hill says shortly after that, members of the Yorkville Fire Department came down to take pictures, all in his response to having the car of a village trustee's wife towed, "They took pictures of the smoker, where the dumpsters are located, and I don't know for what reason but there's probably more to come, I can only imagine, you know what I mean. I'm just trying to make a living for me and my family, and a small family owned business, I've been here for a year and a half. I was open for about 27 days and then all this happened (COVID), I thought I got through it, I did get through it, now I've got to worry about people who work for Yorkville to jeopardize my family business, I don't think it's fair. I think they should be held accountable for what they did."

News Channel 2 contacted the Village of Yorkville and we were told no one from the village will comment on the matter, you must contact the village attorney John Dillon.

Dillon then told us, "The village has no comment."

Hill says all he wants is an apology, "That's what I want, I want to apology from the village of Yorkville, and why I say the village of Yorkville, because this guy represents the village and that's all I want. He was wrong in what he did, she was wrong in where she parked at. I just want an apology that's it. I just want to run my family business and that's all I wanna do. And I plan on staying here for a very long time."

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