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Board Votes to Release the Second Report

Written By Editor on 11/1/13 | 11/1/13

The Board of Supervisors held another special meeting tonight to decide what to do with part two of the Fitzmaurice Report. In an 10-2 vote the Board voted to release it. Supervisor Harold Vroman and Supervisor Dan Singletary voted no.

The 56 page Report outlines even graver accusations against now-suspended Personnel Director Cassandra Ethington and actions taken during her tenure. The second portion of the Report combed through thousands of emails, Ethington's files, and a second round of interviews.

There was so much information that the author wrote, "when we searched county emails it became obvious that we would have a challenge eliminating topics to be included in the report."

Could take months, said District Attorney Jim Sacket. An outside firm will be hired to search into the additional allegations. Schoharie Supervisor Gene Milone asked-- what if the Board of Supervisors had conspired to introduce the layoffs and used the flood as an excuse?
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Norie61 said...


Richard A. Sherman said...

I attended the meeting last night and there were glaringly conspicuous absences.
Now I realize this was a Special Meeting and perhaps one or two, or even three MIGHT have "previously scheduled conflicts", however that likelihood diminishes drastically when you consider who the absentees were. Perhaps they were campaigning in hopes of being knighted once again to be the face of their community. This was possibly the biggest issue to cross their desks since any of them have been on the County Board. CORRUPTION TRUMPS ALL! We have had monumental issues throughout our great history as a community and recently the devastating flood and we always recover and move forward. Hell, we have been doing that for the last 300 years, but CORRUPTION TRUMPS ALL! and this issue trumps anything over the past 64 years (my memory) as it goes to the heart of how justice was served for the citizens by the County Board. I pray that this was a recent phenomenon brought on by some bad seeds, however it appears that some of the seasoned veterans, current and past, of County government were fully on board and facilitating the flow of PERCEIVED power.
If we are going to do this purge let's do it all the way and start with a clean slate.
I also wish to note that I was moved deeply by Penny's passionate account of the nightmare she had to face at their hands, yet only 2 of the "alleged" offenders had the courage, or more likely hubris, to attend. Perhaps their inflated egos thought they might still be able to work their dark magic and get the report scuttled at the last minute.
I have every confidence that DA Sackett will see that justice prevails in this case. It may not be exactly what any of us might want to see, but if DA Sackett is in charge it will be justice for sure. Richard Sherman

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