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School hires Princetown town justice to serve as typist substitute

School hires Princetown town justice to serve as typist substitute

The Princetown justice who is suing the town for removing her as court clerk has been hired to work

The Princetown justice who is suing the town for removing her as court clerk has been hired to work for the Schalmont Central School District.

Michelle Van Woeart applied to be a substitute typist and the Board of Education on Monday approved her hiring for the $12.76-per-hour position.

In September, the town removed Van Woeart as court clerk after it received a letter from the state Attorney General’s Office that stated the two positions were incompatible and Van Woeart couldn’t do both.

Town officials attempted to reach a compromise that would have allowed Van Woeart to work fewer hours and retain health benefits through the end of the year but she rejected it.

Van Woeart’s attorney, Stephen G. DeNigris, had filed an Article 78 proceeding, saying that the Town Board’s decision was arbitrary and capricious and the town abused its discretion in removing her as clerk.

The lawsuit charges that the town should have stated more specifically how the jobs were incompatible. The town filed a motion to have the lawsuit dismissed, saying that the letter from the Attorney General’s Office provided a rational basis for the actions.

Van Woeart did not respond to an email seeking comment for this story and Town Supervisor Mike Joyce could not be reached for comment on the status of the lawsuit.

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