The law comes in light of concerns regarding anonymous e-mails from 2003 to the town supervisor accusing the administration of mismanaging the town's Department of Emergency Medical Services. The e-mailers, William Gardiner and Hugh Skerker, were identified when their ISP Time Warner Cable was subpoenaed to reveal their identities. Skerker in turn filed a lawsuit against the Town of Colonie and won a $225,000 settlement.
Town employees seem to be pleased with the progress that the new law will make.
"We received a lot of positive feedback on the whistleblower law. It's a good tool to use to be sure that everyone is being treated fairly. They don't have to fear any retaliation," said Mahan.
"There have been some cases that have been concerns. It was evident that something needed to be put into place for employees and volunteers," she said.""