Ex-Town Board aide made to pay back unemployment benefits

05/23/2012 11:00 AM |

BARBARAELLEN KOCH FILE PHOTO | There were several investigations last year that looked into the conduct of Riverhead Town employees.

The former Riverhead Town employee who had threatened to sue the town for $1 million last year — claiming she lost her job after she was “coerced” into doing campaign work for a town councilman — will have to pay back $3,222 in unemployment insurance she received after leaving her post, the News-Review has learned.

The state Department of Labor’s unemployment office ruled March 6 that Donna Zlatniski, who had been Riverhead’s Town Board coordinator from July 2007 to June 2011, had to repay that money.

Ms. Zlatniski filed a notice of claim against the town in August, threatening to sue for $1 million in damages, but has yet to file that lawsuit nearly 10 months later.

A notice of claim is a precursor to a lawsuit and reserves a person’s right to file suit.

Read more in Thursday’s News-Review newspaper.

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Prior coverage:

EX-TOWN BOARD COORDINATOR CLAIMS SET-UP

EX-TOWN WORKER LEVELS MORE CHARGES AGAINST BOARD

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