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Knox firings violated Civil Service law

Apr 10, 2019 12:50 am
H. Rose Schneider reports in The Altamont Enterprise that the Albany County Civil Service Department sent a letter to the Knox supervisor March 15 saying that two of the three Knox transfer station workers who were fired in a split vote by the town board on New Year’s Day were terminated in violation of the state’s Civil Service Law. Richard Dexter, Joseph Adriance, and Mark Young were fired, and new workers were hired Jan. 1 in a 3-2 vote, with Supervisor Vasilios Lefkaditis, and Karl Pritchard and Kenneth Saddlemire, all Republicans, voting for the change, and Democrats Dennis Barber and Earl Barcomb, voting against. No reason for the firing was given, though Lefkaditis said there were complaints about one of the three fired employees. But John Marsolais, the the Albany County Civil Service Department's director, said in a letter that Section 75 says that employees in the Civil Service system with five or more years on the job are protected from dismissal or disciplinary action before undergoing the proper procedures. Adriance worked for Knox, in southern Albany County, for five-and-a-half years at the transfer station, and Dexter worked there for 16 years. Young, the other fired employee only worked for the town for three years, so is not protected under the law. The Enterprise had earlier reported the possibility the firings violated the Civil Service law, and at that time Lefkaditis said, “That’s up to a judge to adjudicate, not us." Read the full story in The Altamont Enterprise.