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Tarrytown To Make Decision On Weaver Thursday

TARRYTOWN, N.Y. – Mayor Drew Fixell confirmed Wednesday night that the village had received the hearing officer's report concerning the actions of Department of Public Works Foreman Scott Weaver in regards to the deaths of village employee Anthony Ruggiero and firefighter John Kelly.

The Tarrytown Board of Trustees has scheduled a public meeting Thursday at 6:30 p.m., where they will be going into executive session to discuss the report. The board will then issue a public resolution about the matter.

“Our expectation is that we'll make a decision tomorrow evening on the hearing officer's report to the village,” Fixell said. “According to our attorneys, we cannot discuss the matter. It is a purely private, personnel related issue and there will be no discussion of that determination of the report on the record.”

Fixell said the village received the hearing officer's decision last week, accompanied by a 400-page report that the board has been reviewing. The village first scheduled a meeting for Friday evening, but were advised by their attorneys that Thursday would be better.

The report and decision come at the one-year anniversary of the deaths of Kelly and Ruggiero. The two were killed on September 6, 2010 after entering a manhole behind Consolidated Engine Company, succumbing to fumes in the confined space.

Weaver was one of several people who was present at the site of the accident when it occurred. He is the only village employee so far to face disciplinary actions after the New York State Department of Labor's Public Employee Safety and Health division released its findings.

Weaver has been on paid suspension since February while a disciplinary hearing was conducted.

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