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MALTA: Debate over clerk's office heats up

"The town board is in a fact finding mode. We want to look at all the issues Ms. Nolen as raised. There are some serious allegations," said Supervisor Paul Sausville earlier this month.

As recently as Tuesday, Feb. 27, Sausville said the necessary documents to back up Nolen's statements had not been provided.

"There is no information to validate the charges," said Sausville. "Lacking any factual information it is impossible for the town to act."

Nolen said she has FOILED the county clerks office for documentation regarding days and hours worked at the town clerk's office, but she has not yet received the information.

Sickels, who did not respond to the allegations at the meeting, said in a later statement that she thinks Nolen's accusations are political and showed a lack of understanding of the role of the clerk's office.

"The accusations leveled against me by Councilwoman Nolen are purely political charges. Let me be clear. They completely display an alarming political and personal animosity toward me, our family and our office's proven record of public service for Malta as town clerk," said Sickels. "As evidenced by her statement, Councilwoman Nolen has demonstrated a shocking and clear misunderstanding of the role, duties and obligations of the town clerk."

Nolen said Sickels works 30 hours a week at a salary of $43,680 plus benefits. The full-time deputy clerk works 40 hours a week at a salary of $32,490 plus benefits and another deputy clerk 15 hours a week at a salary of $9,360.

She went on to state that during the week, Sickels works at the county clerk's office in Ballston Spa.

One of the more serious allegations was Nolen's assertion that Sickels is not properly documenting her hours as they relate to the New York State Retirement system.

"The town clerk's submission of hours toward the state retirement system contains inconsistencies," said Nolen. "For one, she marked down that she worked on a day that the Town Hall was closed and also there appears to be overlapping hours between those she is reporting to the town and those she is working at the county."

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