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EXCLUSIVE: Santabarbara: tape proves my job was threatened

Santabarbara said he feared for his job, even with the recordings, but he now feels comfortable releasing them and doesn't fear for his job anymore.

"He denied it in the paper and I feel that the public needs to know what type of tactics are being used," said Santabarbara. "These are the things that go on in Albany that nobody knows about and I am going to shed some light on it."

When Lanaro was previously asked about the alleged incident he said he couldn't comment on employee matters because it goes against company policy.

Santabarbara also filed a fair campaign complaint against Amedore on Oct 8., because he said Amedore violated fair campaign principles "2" and "4" of the Fair Campaign Practices for the Capital Region. On the night of Tuesday, Oct. 19, at the Calvary United Methodist Church, in Latham, the hearing occurred for the complaint. Santabarbara said a decision should be made in the near future.

The complaint dealt with statements made by Amedore surrounding with the lawsuit he filed against Santabarbara, which alleged he committed fraud with his filed petition for the Change Albany Now party line. The Supreme Court ruled in favor of Santabarbara and said Santabarbara. committed no fraud. ""

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