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Colonie town board demotes two over scandal

The highway superintendent is statutorily given those rights to discipline, Wright said.

Last month, Dwyer submitted his recommendations for discipline of Neeley and Romano to the town and suggested the two be suspended for 60 days without pay.

In the town's Thursday, Dec. 4, decision, suspension was not a part of the equation.

"What the town board did was demote both in grade and title," said Town Attorney Michael Magguilli the day after the executive session. "They can reject [Dwyer's findings] in full, accept them in full, or modify them. The Town Board chose to modify them."

In modifying the findings that Dwyer based his recommendations on, Magguilli said the town did not adopt a decision that stated there was insufficient proof showing that the paving job at the Rod and Gun Club was completed in a manner not in the best interests of residents.

"We believe that the New York State Comptroller's report provided sufficient proof," said Magguilli.

Wright attended the Dec. 4 meeting, and said she was not surprised the supervisor and town board had decided to demote the employees.

"We've been hearing rumblings that she was out for blood," she said.""

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