Board Member under investigation for alleged racial slur

Halpin and Thomas could not be reached for comment before press time.

The Town Board voted to enlist the services of the labor law firm Roemer, Wallens, Gold and Mineaux to look into the accusations, which Magguilli said was done to avoid a conflict of interest as he is the attorney for the board.

"I cannot investigate my own client," said Magguilli. "In the best interest that is impartial, we would hire the law firm to look into this."

Magguilli added that the town has not yet taken any action with the law firm and has only given authorization to hire them. He said Dustin has yet to either admit or deny these allegations, adding that if Dustin were to admit to them then there would be no investigation.

"If there's a denial then we'll have to use the law firm," said Magguilli. "We'll have to see what Mr. Dustin is willing to do."

In regards to what disciplinary actions could be taken against Dustin by the board, Magguilli said the town code states they must "treat the public with consideration," and that an old town code can suspend an elected official without pay for 30 days.

"I'm not sure if that's even legal," said Magguilli. "We're not sure if the board can impose a fine."

Albany County Board of Election Republican Commissioner John A. Graziano said these actions taken by the town are "consistent with their approach" towards those who are not in line with the current administration in Colonie.

"I have no idea what the agenda is up there except to purge every Republican," he said, adding that enlisting the law firm is excessive. "It seems to be a pattern; anybody who's not on board with the current administration is a target. I don't see anything bad being said about people on board with the current administration."

Dustin, the only Republican on the Town Board, could not be reached for comment before press time.""

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