CLARKSTOWN, N.Y. – A former Clarkstown police officer whose nearly $100,000 in political donations have placed him in the middle of a conflict between the town’s supervisor and its suspended police chief has had a lawsuit seeking his reinstatement dismissed, according to lohud.com.
Former police Sgt. Michael Garvey had sought a post-termination hearing and requested that he be returned to light duty with the force until he can retire in about a year, according to lohud.com, which reported that the requests were denied by state Supreme Court Justice Gerald Loehr in a decision dated Dec. 21.
Garvey, who has been out of work for more than four years because of a knee injury, has a separate federal lawsuit based on a claim under the Americans with Disabilities Act, according to lohud.com, which reported that Loehr’s decision notes the former cop may renew his claim depending on the outcome of the federal case.
While Garvey has sought reinstatement through the courts, his nearly $100,000 in donations to the 2015 campaign of Clarkstown’s Republican Supervisor George Hoehmann have placed him in the middle of a spat between the politician and the town’s suspended police Chief Michael Sullivan, according to lohud.com.
Sullivan claims he was removed from his position because he was opposed to rehiring Garvey while Hoehmann has repeatedly denied the charge, insisting that Sullivan was removed for insubordination, condoning improper surveillance operations, misconduct and incompetence , according to lohud.com.