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UPDATED - Bethlehem Town Attorney: 'We think the tape still exists'

Hughes said he was bringing up internal problems through the chain of command long before he spoke out about the alleged audiotape of Corsi stating "We have a [racial epithet] in the wood pile."

Potter stated that the county may hold the recordings off site and be the only entity able to erase the recordings, but could say little else because its under investigation. An official complaint has been confirmed to be filed with the Albany County District Attorney's Office Public Integrity Unit on Thursday, May 28.

Hughes said the recording of Corsi was three years old but suggests it sparked a town cover up once he started raising issues about it. He spoke with Supervisor Jack Cunningham at his home about the alleged tape and was issued a "notice of intent to conduct interrogation" two days later about his conversation with the supervisor.

Although he didn't attend the interrogation on advice of his lawyer Steve Coffey, Hughes also sent out a letter to the town board in April that was never handed out by Cunningham. The supervisor said he did not give the Hughes letter to his board members on advice from Potter, who advised against it because of the on-going nature of an internal investigation.

Hughes said he never claimed to have the tape but said, "There may be a tape out there somewhere."

Potter said everyone with access to the tape was interviewed "to the best of our knowledge," but it is unconfirmed at this time if all the dispatchers and dispatcher supervisors have been interviewed in the on-going investigation.

Cunningham called an informational executive session on Wednesday, June 3, to update the other board members on the matter and also on a mercury spill investigation at the town's water plant in New Scotland.

No official actions were taken at the conclusion of that meeting.

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