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Trial begins for town worker accused of harassing boss

The trial of an Islip town maintenance worker accused of following and photographing his boss began Friday at First District Court in Central Islip. Michael Tomossone, 41, of Islip Terrace, has pleaded not guilty to second-degree harassment. Tomossone suspected that acting public works commissioner Richard Baker was conducting Democratic campaign work on town time and, with other current and former employees, tried to prove it, according to his attorney, Mark Murray of West Sayville. They didn't find any evidence that he had done so.

In his opening argument Friday, Assistant District Attorney Michael Ross said: "This case does not involve Republicans and Democrats. This case involves a disgruntled employee who was mad at his boss."

The trial continues on Tuesday.

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