By Mark Gerlach
TOWN OF CORNWALL – Two elected officials speculate that a pair of recent decisions passed by the town board are the result of political retaliation on behalf of Supervisor Richard Randazzo; a claim Randazzo, a Democrat, denies.
The town board recently decided to reduce the number of hours for its record clerk Debra Riley, a part-time employee, from about 1,040 hours to 520 annually. The board also removed Maryanne O’Dell, receiver of taxes and town historian, from the post of liaison with the Sands Ring Homestead Museum.
O’Dell, and Town Clerk Renata McGee, object to the decisions and believe they may have been proposed because both women supported Randazzo’s opponent in the November election, Republican Randy Clark. O’Dell and McGee are also Republicans.
Randazzo, however, said the decisions are based solely on saving taxpayer dollars.
“We shouldn’t be spending taxpayers money on jobs, or positions, that aren’t necessary to get the job done,” Randazzo said.
The records clerk position is sometimes funded partially through a grant. No grant was obtained for the job in 2016. The records clerk also works as a backup for other town offices. Riley, who’s salary is set at $14.21 per hour, left an interior design job to work for the town, McGee said. The decision may reflect negatively on McGee if the town clerk’s office isn’t able to handle requests in a timely manner, she said.
For the complete story see the Friday, Jan. 15 edition of The Sentinel.