Weedsport paying nearly $18,000 for DPW chief to quit after harassment complaint

Following an investigation that substantiated some allegations made in a workplace harassment claim against former Weedsport Public Works Superintendent James Saroodis, the village allowed Saroodis to resign from his job of 23 years with several weeks of continued pay, health insurance and additional monetary and professional benefits.

On Tuesday, the village released Saroodis' voluntary separation and resignation agreement — officially approved on April 24 during a special meeting — in response to The Citizen's Freedom of Information Law request.

The agreement took place after a village DPW employee, Carson DiRisio, 21, filed a harassment and workplace violance claim against James, the son of Mayor Jean Saroodis. The complaint outlined various forms of physical and verbal abuse and sexual harassment, which prompted the village to hire the Syracuse-based Bond, Schoeneck & King law firm to conduct a third-party investigation of the situation.

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