Melissa Bailey file photo
Seniors protest closing of their senior center (Melissa Bailey file photo)

City Hall has created a new crime punishable by firing: making use of the First Amendment.

The DeStefano administration has notified two employees of its Elderly Services department that it plans to fire them for, among other offenses, speaking to the press, and helping seniors speak in public about the closing of their center.

The two employees—West River Senior Center Director Michelle Clary and outreach worker Sharon Bishop—have been suspended with pay pending a “pretermination” hearing next Tuesday.

They were also accused of unauthorized efforts to save the city money on the senior center’s rent.

They plan to fight their dismissals. So does their union president, Larry Amendola.

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