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Marchione fires longtime confidential secretary

Sep 21, 2017 7:00 am

Brendan Lyons is reporting in the Times Union state Sen. Kathleen Marchione gave her longtime confidential secretary the boot this week after the woman's husband campaigned for a seat on the Rensselaer County Legislature against another member of the senator's staff. Marchione allegedly told Jerri Bayly, who handled the senator's scheduling for several years, that she was being fired because her husband's political dealings had collided with the senator's. Bayly's husband, Michael, lost a Republican primary last week in a bid for a spot on the county legislature. Daniel F. Casale, Marchione's director of constituent services, received campaign support from Marchione. None of the people involved are talking to the press. Jerri and Michael Bayly both declined to be interviewed by the paper, and the senator -- through her spokesman -- refused to comment, saying it was "an internal personnel matter." Michael Bayly was credited by many in the Rensselaer County GOP with helping secure Marchione's 2012 Senate win, according to Lyons. Her narrow primary victory over then-Sen. Roy McDonald was attributed, in part, to dozens of votes, including absentee ballots, that Michael Bayly helped obtain. Read the full story in The Times Union.