Amedore has said he’s weighing a possible state Senate bid if a new seat is created through redistricting, or if there is a vacant Senate seat. Redistricting efforts could potentially impact Santabarbara’s Assembly bid.
A sudden sit down
Santabarbara said he has never received any negative comments during performance reviews or otherwise, so he was baffled when his position at Chazen was eliminated.
“Everything up to this point indicates I have been doing an excellent job,” Santabarbara said. “I have never had a negative comment said or recorded. … There is no document out there saying that I was doing anything wrong.”
When Santabarbara was dismissed from his position at Chazen, he was presented with an Agreement and General Release, which he provided to The Spotlight. The agreement released any claims against the employer or employee. Also, both parties would agree to not make any negative statements about each other, with a general confidentially over the agreement. Severance pay equal to four weeks of Santabarbara’s salary was attached to the agreement.
Santabarbara did not sign the agreement and said he doesn’t intend too, but he does have until March 14 to sign it.
Santabarbara also pointed to Chazen approving his presence at the Capital District Celebration of National Engineers Week conference at the Marriott in Albany, which was held Feb. 16 and 17.
“It seems like they didn’t have intentions of [firing me], or why would you have set up the conference?” he said.
Santabarbara provided The Spotlight with documentation showing Ardman approved his attendance at the conference, and an email confirming his registration at the conference. No refund for cancellations could be made after Feb. 9.
Santabarbara had also been scheduled to appear at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute’s Exploring Engineering Day on Saturday, Feb. 18.
“Angelo L. Santabarbara, PE, affiliated with the Chazen Companies will speak to students and their parents about the role of a civil engineer, and some of the projects that the Chazen Companies has been worked on in the region,” read a press release from RPI.