The City of New Rochelle has been ordered to pay $181,000 after a federal jury in New York City handed down a unanimous verdict in favor of Gina Amorosano-Lepore, a former City employee who alleged that City officials conspired to "punitively terminate her employment with a view towards silencing her and exacting retribution" for allegations of corruption, drug dealing, providing favors to known mafia associated and other criminal activity.
Those allegations are spelled out in detail in the complaint filed by Amorosano-Lepore in 2006.
"During the course of the past approximately two years, Plaintiff has repeatedly and non-disruptively expressed her concerns regarding pervasive, systemic corruption in the City Court. In that connection she has reported to the Defendants' and/or to their personal knowledge inter alia:"
a. The theft, with impunity, from the Court of in excess of $3,000 by Coleman and her Court Officer now-fiance,