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Gouverneur Police Officer Young suspended without pay

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GOUVERNEUR — The village Board of Trustees decided by a 4-1 vote this morning to suspend Police Officer Steven M. Young without pay effective Monday.

Mr. Young has been suspended with pay since September pending the outcome of an investigation into allegations of possible misconduct.

Mayor Ronald P. McDougall declined comment on the status of a state police investigation into allegations that Mr. Young, who is also chief of the Gouverneur Fire Department, inappropriately used village gas in his personal vehicle.

An investigation conducted by the village has been completed and a determination made that administrative charges should be brought against Mr. Young. Trustee Shelly Simons-Washburn voted against the resolution to bring the charges against Mr. Young and suspend him without pay. She was unavailable for comment.

The village board had a special meeting, went into executive session and came out with the resolution.

“I can’t speak beyond the resolution,” Mr. McDougall said.

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