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Lawsuit Against Preston Dismissed

By Fox 40 Staff.
The lawsuit against Broome County Executive Debbie Preston, claiming she harassed an employee of the Broome County Sheriff's Office, has been dismissed.

Dawn Shafer claimed Preston harassed her over Shafer's relationship with a Town of Conklin official. Supreme Court Judge Ferris Lebous ruled much of the conduct Shafer alleged Preston engaged in happened a full year before Shafer's resignation from the Sheriff's Office.

He went on to rule Shafer had procedural protections in place that she failed to avail herself of. In response to the dismissal Preston said, "these types of frivolous lawsuits are time consuming and distracting. I’m looking forward to moving on and solving the problems that face us all.” Shafer's attorney says he will appeal the decision.