James Curley wants his job back.
The Ramapo Police Officer spent more than three years in federal prison before having his conviction vacated and was subsequently found not guilty by a jury in Federal Court on January 31st of this year.
Mr. Curley filed paperwork late Monday afternoon seeking to be reinstated as an officer with the Ramapo Police Department a source at the Town of Ramapo told Ramapo Times.
Prior to his incarceration, Mr. Curley was out on disability for an extended period of time due to an accident caused by an insecure and unsafe construction site. Ramapo Times has learned that in addition to Officer Curley, three and possibly four other officers were apparently hurt at the same construction site.
Apparently the Town sued the construction firm and possibly a sub-contractor and received a six figure settlement in addition to reimbursement for medical costs incurred as a result of the injury to Officer Curley.
Allegedly, Mr. Curley tried to come back to work on many occasions but was denied because Ramapo didn’t have a light-duty policy. At one point Officer Curley claimed that he had been cleared to return to work to perform ‘transitional duty’ by the Ramapo Police Department’s surgeon, Dr. Louis Starace but was denied.
Ramapo Times caught up with Mr. Curley Monday evening.
“Under the doctor’s orders, I was always willing to return to light, transitional or full duty” stated Curley, “I served proper notice to the town for more than 15-20 years and was denied every time. I have copies of the paperwork that I filed.”
When questioned about his years on disability Mr. Curley responded “I have been willing to go back to work for the past twenty plus years and I want to go back to work right now. I was never given a choice and the facts have never come out. I told the truth to the federal jury who cleared me of all charges and I’ve always been willing to tell the truth to the people of Ramapo—I have nothing to hide.”
Due to the fact that Ramapo Times was contacted late in the day, we were unable to contact anyone or get a comment from the Town of Ramapo regarding this issue. We will follow up with the Town and report their response.