Saratoga County

Shenendehowa school board member in child support dispute

A Shenendehowa Central School District Board of Education member is on the hook for more than $64,00
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A Shenendehowa Central School District Board of Education member is on the hook for more than $64,000 in child support payments for his 17-year-old son.

Andrew McCarty of Clifton Park said his ex-wife contacted the school district about the child support and is trying to have him removed from the board.

The outstanding child support payments date back to 2007, according to warrants filed by the state Department of Taxation and Finance.

McCarty is the owner of Tech Valley Consultants and is serving his first term on the board.

He contends he and his ex-wife, Kris McCarty-White of Rochester, had an agreement that he would pay for their son’s college instead of paying regular child support payments, but she went back on the agreement and wants the money now.

“It’s a breach of agreement,” he said. “It makes me look like a bad person.”

He added he has nothing to hide but said the public fight between the parents is bad for their son, who lives with his mother in Rochester.

According to Tax Department filings, McCarty owes $36,840 from the 2007 warrant, $6,674 from 2008, $6,792 from 2009, $6,890 from 2010 and $7,301 from 2011. That’s $64,497 total, not counting interest the tax department will tack on.

He said he planned to pay his son when he turned 18 and was ready to go to college.

“The money’s there; it’s for him. We just made a decision between the two of us.”

He and McCarty-White divorced in 1998 and both have since remarried.

McCarty said he hopes the child support issue doesn’t affect his work on the school board. His term expires June 30, 2013.

“It really doesn’t change who I am,” he said. “I am trying to be a good person in our society.”

The tax department is charged with enforcing child support cases after they’ve been through collection attempts by county and state offices, are at least four months in arrears and involve debts greater than $500, said department spokesman Geoff Gloak.

Most cases the department gets have gone on longer and involve much more than $500, Gloak said. The average parent referred to the department owes $7,000.

“A warrant … is basically a lien on your personal property and your financial assets,” he said.

The department can seize property of the parents who haven’t paid, including vehicles, bank accounts, artwork, retirement accounts, even sole proprietorships that the offenders own.

It conducted 1,158 seizures statewide last year, getting a total of $2.6 million to return to the custodial parent and children, he said.

The school district won’t comment on the child support accusations, said spokeswoman Kelly DeFeciani.

“We only comment on actions the board takes as a governing body. We have no comment regarding an individual member’s personal life,” she said in a statement.

McCarty-White could not be reached for comment.

McCarty also owes federal and state taxes from past years, according to other papers filed with the Saratoga County Clerk’s Office. The IRS filed a federal tax lien against McCarty for $28,827 on April 17 for non-payment of federal income taxes from 2005, 2007 and 2008.

He also owes $1,200 in state taxes related to his business, according to state tax warrants from 2008 and 2009.

McCarty said all the taxes are business-related and he is “getting it cleared up.”

“It’s in the hands of the accountants at this time, and they’re taking care of it,” he said.

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