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Business owner files lawsuit against Town of Murray, former codes officer

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 7 May 2019 at 8:14 am

MURRAY – The owner of a Murray business has filed a lawsuit against the Town of Murray and its former code enforcement officer.

Anthony Manno, owner of A & M Automotive and Transmissions in Fancher, was in the parking lot at the Fancher Post Office on Route 31 on Feb. 23, 2018. Ron Vendetti, Murray’s code enforcement officer at the time, drove over Manno’s right foot, according to a lawsuit filed April 11 against the town and Vendetti.

“The injury to the plaintiff was caused by the negligence of the defendants,” the lawsuit states. “As a result of the defendants’ negligence, plaintiff suffered serious and permanent injuries, causing him to endure pain and suffering, loss of enjoyment of life, and a permanent disability.”

Manno served a notice of claim to the town in March 2018, and town has refused to pay or adjust this claim, according the lawsuit filed by Sheldon W. Boyce Jr. of Brenna Boyce Attorneys At Law in Rochester.

“The actions of defendant Vendetti were so wanton, willful and reckless as to justify an award for punitive damages,” the lawsuit states.

Manno is seeking compensatory and punitive damages plus interest, costs and disbursements.

The Murray Town Board didn’t reappoint Vendetti to code enforcement officer in 2019. Vendetti, however, challenged that decision because he had already received a paycheck to start the year as the code enforcement officer.

The board last month approved a separation agreement with Vendetti for an undisclosed sum.

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