New charges, new allegations in Bethlehem Police Department case

Hughes said he never told Cunningham he had a copy, but said that one merely existed, and wrote a letter to the town stating as such on May 21. Furthermore, Hughes maintains that the problem he reported had more to do with a superior allegedly asking his subordinates to destroy an audio recording then what the actual recording contained.

Cunningham said he was originally under the impression that Albany County held the audio recordings from the police department, but town attorney James Potter said recently that Beebe has 51 CDs on his desk of recorded audio conversations from the time period in question.

"There are hours and hours of conversation inside of those 51 CDs and it's a very tedious and lengthy process," Potter said. "It's like finding a needle in a haystack."

Potter said Beebe is handling the investigation into the alleged epithet. Potter said he could not speculate as to when the investigation would be complete and, citing a "personnel matter," said he could not comment any further.

Cunningham also said he could not comment about an ongoing investigation, but questioned Hughes' credibility when told of a new complaint to Albany County District Attorney David Soares about the Bethlehem Police Department.

"The last time officer Hughes made allegations they turned out to be unsubstantiated," Cunningham said. "I hope these are not more of the same."

Hughes said he disagrees.

"This all started because I raised some union issues last year and then I began to get treated differently than the other officers," Hughes said. "I have a stellar law enforcement record."

The complaint sent to the DA's office is specifically against Detective Charles Radliff, whom Hughes has formerly complained about on several occasions, and Lieutenant Thomas Heffernan, who was named as the superior officer in question in the town's additional insubordination charge against Hughes.

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