PORT CHESTER - Four career firefighters in Port Chester suspected of doctoring overtime have been suspended without pay for the past month.

Village Trustee Sam Terenzi says irregularities in the schedules for full-time career firefighters have surfaced.

"There have been accusations that maybe there was scheduling of 24-hour shifts, which causes more overtime that shouldn't have been there," said Terenzi.

The village of Port Chester has 10 career firefighters, but only eight are currently on duty. With four of those firefighters suspended, the village will have to rely heavily on volunteer firefighters.

While some Port Chester residents have expressed concern about the suspensions, the fire department has indicated to village leaders that the manpower is there and the volunteer response is more than adequate.

The suspended firefighters could be back on the job in March.

A hearing officer has been hired to further look into the allegations.