Schenectady County

Colonie faulted for work at gun club

Town of Colonie workers inappropriately dumped town soil on the property of the West Albany Rod & Gu
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Town workers inappropriately dumped town soil on the property of the West Albany Rod & Gun Club and cost town taxpayers $48,000, according to an audit released today by state Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli.

The former town attorney and a former town board member were both involved in the contract with the club and were club members, the comptroller said. Neither official publicly disclosed his interest in this contract, as required by state General Municipal Law.

DiNapoli said town government should be working for the people, not the private clubs they belong to.

“At the very least, they should disclose what they were up to,” DiNapoli said. “This didn’t happen in Colonie.”

DiNapoli said the town could have received between $15,000 to $30,000 in Federal Emergency Management Agency funds if town officials had disposed of the dirt in the town’s landfill.

The audit also found the town may have incurred $38,000 in additional costs because materials were used at the private club instead of on other projects.

Albany County District Attorney David Soares is conducting an investigation into the dumping to determine if any criminal charges should be filed.

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