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Colonie set to clarify job requirements

Republicans are angry over a public hearing date that will be voted on this evening regarding clarifications to the positions of the Commissioner of the Department of Public Works and the Director of the William K. Sanford Library at tonight's Town Board meeting.

Republican Chair John Graziano Jr. said these clarifications are really meant to allow Jack Cunningham to keep his job as commissioner of the Department of Public Works.

\All they're doing is acknowledging it after two years and are rubbing it the residents' faces that they do what they want, he said about the current administration in Colonie. "When they know they're going to get caught, they change the rules."

Supervisor Paula Mahan said this is not the case, as it is only meant to clarify the requirements of the positions and to avoid anymore "frivolous lawsuits."

"There was some questions that were raised and we, as you know, went to the supreme court," she said. "The bottom line is, for whatever position, we're looking for the best possible candidates and we want people that fit the criteria we set forth."

What resolution No. 240 states is the comissioner of DPW will be appointed based on their administrative experience and qualifications as well as other standards required by the Town Board. The commissioner, however, does not have to have any specific license or prior education of the duties of the position. The person under consideration must be a resident of Albany County.

For the Library director's position, the person must be a resident of Albany County and must have the minimum experience and qualifications established by the Department of Civil Service.

Town Attorney Mike Magguilli said this clarifies an "ambiguous local law adopted by the previous administration." He added that after winning in Supreme Court after town Republicans sued over Cunningham's position, he believes the town will win in the Appellate Division.

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