LETTERS

Congratulations to your correspondent Bureaucratus on his prescience in his Nov. 11 column. I am the Michael J. Barry whose case is described in the article.

The summary is concise accurate and well-written. His prescience is noted in the concluding paragraphs. The Department of Housing and Urban Development has chosen to argue that they can satisfy the requirement to restore me to the "status quo ante" by placing me in Fort Worth Texas. We have argued - logically I believe - that the court upset the reassignment itself. Ergo I revert back to my position in New York. As you might suspect this difference has obvious implications both geographic and financial.

Since Nov. 1 I have been on paid administrative leave. After much haggling it was agreed that I would be paid "the salary schedule currently in effect in the New York City metropolitan area."

Should no voluntary agreement be reached by Nov. 30 I'll be restored to the "status quo ante." Round Two probably will require a judicial determination of that delightful Latin phrase.

So again plaudits to Bureaucratus. He not only made sense of this matter but appears to anticipate the future accurately.

Michael Barry

Port Washington N.Y.

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