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February 21, 2013

Sullivan wants McCann to pay legal fees for 'frivolous' suit

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The three failed lawsuits all stemmed from disciplinary action Mayor Michael Sullivan took against McCann in February 2007. Sullivan then placed McCann on a two-week unpaid suspension for what he said were a number of policy violations, including the unauthorized firing of four parking garage employees over allegations of illegal gambling and theft.

McCann was also blamed for cost overruns at the city’s Water Department facilities and for spending $800,000 on repairs to High Street, where then-City Council President Patrick Blanchette lived. A failed mayoral candidate, Blanchette is now@text1: a top aide to Mayor William Lantigua.

McCann was also accused of having an inappropriate relationship with a subordinate, Andrea Traficanti, who is now McCann’s wife.

The lawsuits alleged the Sullivans called McCann and threatened him with a federal and state investigation if he didn’t resign as DPW director, a job he held since 2002. Also, McCann accused Michael Sullivan of defaming him in a 2007 Eagle-Tribune article detailing his suspension.

McCann earned $103,810 annually prior to his retirement. When he left City Hall, he was also owed $99,348 in longevity pay and unused vacation and sick time.

In April 2009, Andrea Traficanti McCann was granted a stress-related disability from her DPW job, collecting $712 per week or $37,024 per year from the city, tax free plus lifetime medical coverage and cost of living increases. The payments represent two-thirds of the $53,000 annual salary Traficanti earned as public works supervisor.

Reached yesterday, Gleason declined comment for this story.

Kevin Sullivan served as city mayor from 1986 to 1993. His brother Michael was in office from 2001 to 2009.

Follow staff reporter Jill Har@text1:macinski on Twitter under the screenname EagleTribJill.

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