Quinn faces drug charges

Police say deputy county executive attempted to obtain hundreds of Ritalin pills

— McCoy said he was “deeply saddened and surprised” to hear of the charges against Quinn, according to Mary Rozak, a spokeswoman for the county executive.

“At this point and time, (McCoy’s) thoughts and prayers … are with her and her family as they go through obviously a very tough time,” Rozak said. “McCoy has asked that her family’s privacy be respected during this tough time.”

Quinn, who earns almost $107,000 annually, has taken a leave of absence effective Thursday, Sept. 5, according to Rozak.

“Quinn is innocent until proven guilty,” Rozak said. “Right now she has done nothing wrong at work.”

McCoy has sworn in Bradley Fischer, who was director of operations for the county executive, to Quinn’s position. Rozak said there is “no such thing” as an acting deputy county executive.

“When and if Quinn is able to return … we will be able to discuss what her role with Albany County will be,” Rozak said.

Rozak said McCoy hadn’t noticed any signs of Quinn using drugs.

“If someone had seen any signs or been any indication,” Rozak said, “the very first thing that would have been done would be to reach out and try to help Ms. Quinn in any shape or form, but there had been no indication.”

Rozak declined to comment on what Quinn’s future at the county would be if convicted on the charges brought against her.

Quinn’s lawyer could not be reached for comment.

The recent enactment of state I-STOP Law’s “duty to consult” aided the investigation. It allows law enforcement to have access to databases of pharmacies and the controlled substances they dispense. The law aims to rein in prescription drug abuse.

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