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Schenectady official accused of racial slur chooses to retire

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The city supervisor accused of cursing at employees and using a racial slur has chosen retirement rather than discipline. Mark Miller, a supervisor in the city’s street division, allegedly berated a black employee and used a racial slur Nov. 1. He has been on paid suspension for more than a week while city officials investigated the reports. Just before Mayor Gary McCarthy announced his decision on Miller’s fate this week, Miller filed for retirement. “I ...

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November 15, 2012
7:25 a.m.

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Mayor McCarthy and City Council should have a ZERO tolerance policy for demeaning workers in any form and should not accept a "locker room" work environment or attitude. All city employees should be respectful and professional at all times. They are well paid and represent the City of Schenectady. They are the face of Schenectady. Mark Miller is a prime example of abuse of power, and a big bully creating a hostile work environment; perhaps to the level of a hate crime. Either way it's just ugly. Our city can only be as good as the employees that run it. How can this department be running efficiently with this type of person managing it? This promotes a culture of waste and abuse that the Mayor must end. The City and its image cant afford people like Miller. Most likely where there is lack of respect for people- there is abuse and waste of tax payer money as well.

November 15, 2012
8:12 a.m.

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The mayor's position on this is measured and realistic. I applaud his use of insight. Dark humor, nick-names, and epithets all build comradery and team work. The team knows when boundaries are crossed. It reads as if all but the supervisor have acted appropriately

November 15, 2012
8:30 a.m.

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How about members of the public who over hear bad language, cursing, slurs. We pay the salaries of the people out on the street or riding in these trucks.
The city has enough bad press. Remember the cops throwing eggs, the cop fired for calling some people outside the police station a common racial slur!
This is not professional or a standard we want our paid representatives of the city to be exposing!