- Associated Press - Thursday, March 3, 2016

KINGSTON, N.Y. (AP) - A Hudson Valley city has approved a $300,000 settlement with a former fire chief who was fired by the former mayor.

The Kingston Common Council voted in favor of the settlement with Chris Rea. The move ends a nearly four-year legal dispute that began when Rea was suspended without pay by then-Mayor Shayne Gallo in early 2012 just a month after he was promoted from assistant chief to chief.

Rea sued the city over his suspension and the state Supreme Court ruled he must be reinstated as assistant chief and given back pay. Gallo later fired Rea after accusing him of misconduct and dereliction of duty.

Rea will be reinstated as assistant chief as part of the settlement. He will get $195,000 of the settlement and the rest will go to two law firms.

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This story has been changed to correct the last name in first sentence of third paragraph to Rea instead of Gallo.

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