LI parks foreman suspended for hanging dummy

Long Island news from Eyewitness News

November 7, 2011 6:49:09 AM PST
A parks department foreman has been suspended without pay for hanging a stuffed, masked dummy from a rafter at a Long Island depot on Halloween.

Islip town labor relations director Rob Finnegan told Newsday that the foreman was suspended pending a civil service disciplinary hearing.

The suspended 43-year-old town employee, who was not identified, has worked for the town for 25 years. He was charged with misconduct and incompetence under state civil service law.

A black worker at the Central Islip parks department grounds maintenance shop filed a formal complaint with the town against the foreman. As an African-American, he said he felt his civil rights were violated. He declined to press criminal charges.