GARDEN CITY, N.Y. — A white lieutenant for a New York police department claims in a federal lawsuit that he was passed over for promotion to chief despite having superior qualifications than the Hispanic officer who got the job.

It is the second discrimination lawsuit filed against the village of Freeport and its mayor by a police officer in the past 17 months.

Lt. Chris Barrella claims in a suit filed Wednesday that Mayor Andrew Hardwick, who is black, wanted to promote a black or Hispanic to chief.

Barrella is seeking unspecified damages.

Calls to the mayor's office were referred to the village attorney. He declined in a statement to comment, citing pending litigation.

In Aug. 2010, Debbie Zagaja, claimed she was demoted from deputy chief after requesting a separate women's locker room.