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Krusen to proceed with libel lawsuit against Sheriff Moss

ELMIRA, N.Y. (18 NEWS) - Deputy Chemung County Executive Michael Krusen is able to go ahead with his suit of County Sheriff Chris Moss.

A judge has denied a motion last week to dismiss the libel suit against Moss.

Krusen filed the lawsuit in June 2017, accusing Moss of libel in connection with accusations Krusen improperly used his county issued gas card.

In July 2017, A special prosecutor from Steuben County found that Krusen was authorized to use his fuel card as he did.

The complaint also accuses Moss of bullying and intimidating employees at First Arena.

In response to the First Arena allegations, Moss took to Facebook posting police body camera footage of the day he visited First Arena in May 2017, asking his social media followers to "judge for yourself." 

Moss says the body camera video was part of an investigation regarding the previous owner of Split Rock Pub.

Krusen would not comment on Moss' Facebook post but told 18 News to refer to his statement which was published in Thursday's Star Gazette as follows:

"I am extremely satisfied with the court's decision and I fully intend to proceed with this lawsuit. No one is above the law and no one should be allowed to unduly interfere with the democratic process of selecting our elected officials," Krusen said in a prepared statement.

The judge says there's enough evidence to continue this libel lawsuit.

Both Krusen and Moss are running for county executive fall 2018.

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