NY court overturns firing of police officer

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) – A midlevel New York court has overturned the firing of an Albany police officer for losing his driver's license after he refused a chemical test when charged with driving while intoxicated.
The Appellate Division panel says Albany Chief Steven Krokoff erred in terminating Brian Lutz and saying a license is a minimum qualification.
Justice Karen Peters writes the only defined minimum requirement is a high school equivalency.
While civil service terms call for ability to operate an automobile, which infers having a license, she says the chief can't summarily sack Lutz based on an inference.
Justices Robert Rose, Edward Spain and Elizabeth Garry agree also that Lutz's termination without a hearing was contrary to the law.
Lutz claims he is the only Albany officer ever fired for no license.

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