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Yorktown Supervisor, Town Face Defamation Suit

A lawsuit filed against the Town of Yorktown and Town Supervisor Susan Siegel claims that Siegel made defamatory statements against two Yorktown Town employees, Eric DiBartolo, highway superintendent, and Patricia Cole, a longtime highway department employee.

According to the complaint, Siegel told Dennis Verboys, director of facilities at Yorktown Central School District, that DiBartolo and Cole were involved in a sexual relationship, which the lawsuit claims is a false statement. The complaint continues to say that Siegel contacted Verboys to ask if the town could borrow a bucket truck from the school district, since the town’s truck was under repair.

Allegedly, Verboys informed Siegel that Tom Cole, school district assistant superintendent of business, was reluctant to allow Siegel use of the truck unless she signed a waiver of liability. The suit then states, “Siegel told Verboys that Tom Cole’s only reason for withholding the vehicle was the fact that his sister, Patti Cole, was having a sexual relationship with DiBartolo.”

The lawsuit also states that school district Superintendent Ralph Napolotiano spoke to Siegel, who allegedly confirmed that she had made the purported statements. “Siegel went onto admit to Tom Cole and Napolitano that, in a separate phone conversation, she had informed Jackie Carbone, the president of the board of dducation, that Patti Cole and DiBartolo were having a sexual affair,” the suit reads. Also, according to the complaint, Siegel said she would apologize to Tom Cole for her accusations about his refusal to let the town borrow the truck, but would not apologize to both Patti Cole and DiBartolo.

Both DiBartolo and Cole are seeking punitive and compensatory damages – claiming that they have both suffered and experienced injury to personal and professional relationships and public humiliation. Amy Bellantoni, of the Bellantoni Law Firm, LLP of Scarsdale is representing both the two highway department workers.

Siegel and other members of the town board said they did not wish to issue any comment regarding this matter.

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