T he firefighter and former treasurer who blew the whistle on the alleged misuse of funds is taking the Camillus Fire Department and the Village of Camillus to court.
B ill Vivenzio's attorney filed a notice of claim Tuesday which accuses the fire department and village of "repeated harassment and retaliation." CNY Central's Jim Kenyon has been reporting exclusively on Vivenzio's allegations of wrongdoing since last fall.
T he State Comptroller's Office recently issued an audit that was highly critical of the Camillus Fire Department's handling of money. Since he blew the whistle Vivenzio claims he has been harassed and was illegally suspended from the fire department for 30 days last month.
" A ll they've done is harass me the whole time I've been back. The chief made it clear he didn't want me there and he was looking for a way to get rid of me." Vivenzio told CNY Central. He says he's not out for money but wants the harassment to stop.
I n addition to filing a suit against Camillus and its Fire Department, Vivenzio says he intends to lodge a complaint with the New York State Civil Rights Division along with a Labor Department complaint of a violation of the state's whistleblower protection law.
T he attorney for the Village of Camillus says he has not seen the notice of claim and has nothing to say at this time.