The state has backed out of a settlement in a federal racial-discrimination lawsuit with a white cameraman who sued the state and then-state Senate minority leader David Paterson for $1.5 million.
The state Attorney General’s Office notified U.S. District Judge Norman A. Mordue in Syracuse it intends to reopen the case involving Joseph Maioriello of Schenectady and schedule it for trial.
Henry M. Greenberg, counsel for the attorney general, filed the letter Wednesday. Two days earlier, the state agreed in a pretrial conference before Mordue to an undisclosed settlement with Maioriello. According to the New York Post, the state planned to give Maioriello $300,000 under the settlement.
The agreement settled all claims and ended Maioriello’s case against the state.
Maioriello, 56, filed suit in 2005, claiming he was fired from his job as a photographer and a cable TV coordinator in 2003. He alleges Paterson fired him so he could be replaced with a black photographer.
Maioriello was a 26-year Senate employee who was paid $34,000 annually.
Paterson later became lieutenant governor and is now governor. Attorneys for both sides did not return calls for comment Friday.