Today, the New York State Supreme Court denied Fire Chief Russell Brooks’ motion to reconsider his case. It is the second time in the past three months the Supreme Court has ruled against Chief Brooks and in favor of the City.
Despite inaccurate and misleading information that was spread in the public arena in regards to the City’s decision to place Chief Brooks on medical leave, the City is
pleased with today’s ruling.
While it’s never popular to deny anyone’s disability claim, the City has an obligation to follow the law and the decision was based solely on the facts and medical evidence after a thorough review of Chief Brooks’ medical file by an
independent doctor and toxicologist.
While the Supreme Court has now twice ruled in favor of the City, it no way minimizes Chief Brooks’ 42-years of service to the Utica Fire Department. The City has always acknowledged and recognized that Chief Brooks and eleven other Utica Fire Department personnel represented the City while assisting in the recovery on 9/11.
We value and appreciate their service. The City is aware this matter is not yet fully resolved as there are other legal
options available. Regardless of any future outcome we continue to wish Chief Brooks well.