Councilman quits committee over senior shake-up

Councilman McKinney confirmed he had resigned as the chairman of the Senior Committee, because he had been excluded from plans surrounding the development of the senior center.

McKinney said he had received a call from Landry in which he told him he wanted to have a meeting with him to discuss the future of the senior center.

McKinney provided The Spotlight with his resignation e-mail from the committee, which he sent on Monday, Oct. 4, to Landry and Councilwomen Denise Murphy McGraw and Liz Kasper.

"You executed the first part of your plan last week, informing the Senior staff that they were to be let go or moved to another location, without a word to the Senior population we serve," said McKinney in the e-mail. "Predictably, I'm taking the heat today and there is a misconception spreading throughout the Niskayuna Senior community that as Chairman of the Senior committee, I am the one responsible for this chaos."

McKinney did also confirm he didn't know of anything being in writing about the decisions made towards staffing, but he did say they had occurred and Susan Leonard was told she would be fired.

Landry said Susan Leonard was never told she would be fired from her position and he thought seniors were probably upset when Blechienger mentioned it because of the changes that were happening.

"I got elected to serve the people," said McKinney. "All the seniors that you saw in there I played with their kids when I was growing up, my duty is to them and not to get reelected."

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