No, you can't sue for your lost wages, your time spent preparing your defense, or your stress.
You could report the citing officer to their supervisor, and/or pressure your elected official to change the alws that give immunity to law enforcement officials who perform their duties negligently.
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In California you could not and I expect that is the same in NY. It is a criminal summons and you have to heed it. Further, despite your friend's theory, you need to show up and make your defense. You can vent your outrage then and your theory why this is brought against you but appear you must and you cannot collect wages for doing so.
Contact your local bar association for referral to an attorney who specializes in this. Often, but not always, the attorney will do an initial consultation free of charge. You will then be in a better position to determine what to do next. Best of luck to you!
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