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Plattsburgh Fire Chief files discrimination charges

Squires, 62, filed charges with the New York State Division of Human Rights, after Mayor Donald Kasprzak began investigating his alleged overtime and sick pay abuse to the tune of $95,000. Back in February Squires received notification of the improperly used compensation time dating back to 1992. He was told he owed the city that money back, and now faces the loss of his retirement and unused sick and vacation time. Squires' work attendance was also questioned by Kasprazak, who found that he had only reported to work for about half the time he should have during 2005 and 2006. Squires is claiming that former Mayor Daniel Stewart and Human Resources Director John Linney, were the ones who suggested using sick leave back in 1996. Stewart allegedly told Squires that because the city needed a full-time Fire Chief he should perhaps use up his sick time and then retire; however it should be noted that Stewart did not take office until January 2001. Squires also has a letter from former Mayor Clyde Rabideau dating back to 1991, which states he could use up his compensation time. Squires is also claiming that he was wrongfully denied the right to a personal day by the Mayor and apparently taped a conversation the two had during a meeting that day, in which Kasprazak told the Chief there would be no confidence votes against him by both the Fire Dept. Union and the City Council. Squires claims Kasprazak told him that could be stopped should the chief choose to retire. Squires did apparently tell the mayor that he planned to retire in February 2007 after being diagnosed with migraine headaches. Kasprzak was ordered by City Corporation Counsel John Clute not to comment on the discrimination charges.

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