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Saratoga Springs ethics panel clears mayor of allegation she unfairly plugged employer

Saratoga Springs Mayor Meg Kelly.
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Saratoga Springs Mayor Meg Kelly.

SARATOGA SPRINGS – A city panel that considers ethical concerns exonerated Mayor Meg Kelly of a complaint levied by Commissioner of Public Safety Robin Dalton alleging the former publicized her employer.

Board of Ethics Chairman Brendan Chudy told the Daily Gazette Friday in an e-mail:

“At our special board meeting on Wednesday, December 15, 2021, which included an executive session, we further discussed a confidential inquiry presented to the Board. The Board resolved there was no reasonable cause for believing that the subject of the inquiry violated one or more provisions of the Code of Ethics of the City of Saratoga Springs, as alleged by the inquirer.”

In a Nov. 10 letter to the board, Dalton accused Kelly of using the mayor’s office to unfairly plug the Charlton School, a private school in Burnt Hills for which Kelly works.

In the written complaint, Dalton said Kelly solicited a $200,000 donation for the school from assistant city attorney Tony Izzo, from a foundation Izzo sits on. Dalton also accused Kelly of directing city internships to students of the private school.

Reached Friday, Dalton said she was unaware of the board’s determination, while Kelly routinely does not return messages from The Daily Gazette.

According to Charlton School Executive Director Alex Capo, Kelly began working as a part-time employee of The Charlton School on Jan. 27, 2020. She serves as community engagement coordinator and helped the school develop and implement a Career Development & Occupational Studies program.

Both Dalton and Kelly are in the final weeks of their terms as commissioner and mayor, respectively. Neither official sought re-election last month.

Contact reporter Brian Lee at [email protected] or 518-419-9766.

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