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.