Mr. Miron Goes to Court…Again.

22Oct09

It looks like James. R. Miron will indeed have a full-time job beyond Dec 13th after all. This time, he won’t be receiving a salary though. They just keep piling up, don’t they Jimmy?

Former Stratford cop files suit in pension dispute
By Richard Weizel
STAFF WRITER
Updated: 10/22/2009 01:00:45 AM EDT

STRATFORD — A former Stratford police officer has filed a federal lawsuit against the town, claiming town officials intentionally delayed his request for a disability retirement pension hearing and stopped paying him without notice months before the hearing took place and his request approved.

Douglas O’Meara, 39, of Seymour, a patrol officer from March 1999 until January 2009, maintains in the suit he was denied his constitutional right of due process, and is seeking monetary compensation for the three months he was not paid and additional damages. The suit maintains while O’Meara was out on injury leave that town officials, including Human Resources Director Edmund Winterbottom, kept delaying his disability pension hearing. The delays, he contends, caused the town to stop paying him when he was out for one year and a day.

O’Meara’s lawyer, Thomas W. Bucci of Bridgeport, is seeking a jury trial in the case at U.S. District Court in New Haven.

“While I was out on injury leave and after postponing my pension hearing over and over when there was nothing else but my case on the agenda, the town suddenly and without notice sent me a letter last October saying they were cutting off my pay,” said O’Meara, whose annual pension ended up at just under $26,000.

O’Meara, however, said his pension is less than half of his $60,000 annual salary required in the union agreement that mandates the formula be 50 percent of an officer’s annual base salary over the
last two years on the force. “That’s because they didn’t include the pay I should have been receiving from Oct. 26 of 2008 until Jan. 29 of 2009,” O’Meara said.

The suit claims that repeated requests for a disability pension hearing were postponed, which resulted in Winterbottom sending O’Meara a letter dated Oct. 23, 2008, that cites the union contract by stating “under no circumstances shall an employee remain on sick leave (paid or unpaid) for more than one year and one day. Therefore, your weekly pay will be stopped as of week ending Oct. 26, 2008.”

Winterbottom declined comment, while Mayor James R. Miron and Town Attorney Richard Buturla did not return calls for comment.

O’Meara said Wednesday, “There are different rules for different people in the Stratford Police Department.” He said when he sought to return to work on light duty last year his request was denied, while pointing out that this summer Officer Justin LoSchiavo, the son of former Deputy Police Chief Joseph LoSchiavo, was permitted to return to work on light duty after crashing his patrol car into four vehicles while having a seizure.

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7 Responses to “Mr. Miron Goes to Court…Again.”

  1. 1 jezebel282

    In the meantime, Justin Loschiavo is still on light duty 143 days after he crashed into Ms. Cicerale’s car and 4 other parked vehicles. 83 days on injured on duty leave and 60 days on light duty.

    And Miron says the unions support Harkins because Miron is “tough” on pay and pensions? Jimmy, Jimmy….how about hiring Joe Loschiavo’s son even though you knew full well he was prone to epileptic seizures? And then you tried to hire your brother Christian? Don’t you think voters remember anything?

  2. 2 mikereynolds

    Good for you Mark….I knew you’d find someone to take this case. Good luck!

  3. 3 mikereynolds

    Sorry Doug…I’m a golf fan…I was thinking of Mark O’Meara.

  4. 4 1george1

    good luck

  5. 5 sudds

    WOW… if George “Mr. Pensions” Mulligan is supporting him then I guess I had better hop on he bandwagon too!!!

  6. 6 gforrester

    And Miron says the unions support Harkins because Miron is “tough” on pay and pensions?

    ARE YOU KIDDING ME LOL. He has not attended one meeting of the Pension Board in the past year yet he is claiming to be tough on pensions. George attends more pensions meetings and is tougher on pensions than Miron will ever be.

    Miron has a simple approach – employees are there to make HIM look better and if they don’t then they pay the price of threats and harrassement.

  7. 7 1george1

    Gavin,

    Thanks for the props.

    As you know you frustrate me.
    If I was a U. S. ATTORNEY (they + FBI are more dishonest than our
    town crew orSTATIES)
    You would be the ONE PERSON I would offer Amensty to.
    I have malice towards none.
    I would protect people from going to jail, being disbarred or going to
    jail, but certain Malpractice insurance rates would go up, and certain
    disbursments would go down.

    If I EVER became MAYOR ……

    Burturla, Florek, Kelly gone.

    Where I would find an honest and competent attorney in Corrupt-icut
    or the USA, except Nader’s crew.


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