FOUR FORMER NASSAU COUNTY CORRECTIONS OFFICERS AND DEPUTY SHERIFFS FILE SUIT AGAINST NASSAU COUNTY AND THE SHERIFF FOR DISABILITY DISCRIMINATION AND REFUSAL TO GIVE THEM THEIR GUNS
Alexandros Perros, Thomas Delle, Nicholas Lenoci, and Victor Patalano, all former members of the Nassau County Sheriff’s Department, have filed suit in Federal Court for themselves and as a class on behalf of all persons similarly situated and/or Sheriff’s Department former personnel denied proper “Recommendation For Consideration Of Application For Pistol License For Retiring Peace [Police] Officer” forms and/or “Good Guy Letters” following retirement, due to injury and/or disability.
The suit, filed yesterday in Federal Court in Central Islip, names the County of Nassau, Nassau County Sheriff’s Department, Sheriff Michael Sposato (individually and officially), and the Nassau County Police Department for their actions in denying them gun permits and licenses for handguns with the “express purpose of harming Plaintiffs, infringing upon Plaintiffs’ property rights, retaliating against Plaintiffs for belonging to a protected class of employees with disabilities, removing the Plaintiffs from the same level as other former Correction Officers and Deputy Sheriffs, retaliating against Plaintiffs for retiring due to their respective disabilities; and generally violating their rights as protected by the United States and New York State Constitutions, and federal and state statutes, rules and regulations.”
Frederick K. Brewington, Esq., attorney for the Plaintiffs stated, “This suit is necessary to change how disabled officers, who served this County well, are being treated by the County when they want the same benefits that other retirees get. None of their disabilities make then ineligible to own, purchase and carry firearms and there is no good reason for them to have been treated differently.”
The suit seeks monetary and equitable remedies for the wrongful actions of the Defendants.