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Carol Lawlor's swearing in ceremony at issue

Although the appointment and swearing in of Guilderland Police Chief Carol Lawlor is over, apparently the political fallout isn't, as what began as a partisan vote has turned into partisan bickering.

The town board in a 3-to-2 vote down party lines appointed Lawlor on Tuesday, June 3. She was sworn in three days later on Friday, June 6, with the Democratic majority who voted for her in attendance, but with the Republican minority who voted against her absent.

Supervisor Ken Runion sent out an e-mail on May 22 to his fellow town board members stating that he was recommending Lawlor for the post and that she would be on the agenda for June 3 and recommended that, if appointed, her swearing in ceremony be the next day on Wednesday, June 4.

When the swearing in ceremony was moved to Friday, June 6, Grimm contends that board members were not given adequate notice and that Runion used Grimm's and Republican Councilman Warren Redlich's absences to take a shot at what should have been a non-political event.

Furthermore, when asked about photographs of Lawlor's appointment with Democratic board members on the front of the town's Web site, Grimm said it was just another example of Runion using political propaganda and that he was using public events and the "taxpayer's Web site" to do so.

Grimm said he wasn't notified of the date change.

Runion said the change was an innocent move and denied any political maneuvering.

"The night of the appointment that was the first time I had heard it, when he announced it to all the world," Grimm said about the June 6 ceremony. "It's a matter of courtesy. He didn't even check the availability of the other members. He made a deliberate partisan attack and gave us a two-and-a-half day notice."

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