Appeal Denied for Laid Off JC Firefighters

By Bryan Mercer

Appeal Denied for Laid Off JC Firefighters

March 28, 2012 Updated Mar 28, 2012 at 11:54 AM EDT

Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) The battle is over for six former Johnson City firefighters who have been fighting for their jobs since 2009.

A ruling from the New York State Court of Appeals says it will not re-hear the case.

Back in 2009, the village removed six firefighter positions from its budget.

The Local 921 union took the case to court, arguing that the language of their contract did not allow the village to layoff firefighters.

The court ruled the term "layoff" is open to interpretation.

The latest ruling means the court will not reopen the case previously won by the village, and those six firefighters will not have their positions reinstated.

Paul Sweeney from Coughlin & Gerhart represented the village.

He says he believes the village is pleased to move past this chapter.