Nowhere in a state civil service guidebook is there discussion of different test levels, Utica Corporation Counsel Linda Sullivan Fatata said in defending the actions of the local Civil Service entity.Ms. Fatata was probably thinking "I didn't think anybody would notice . . ."
“I don’t think anybody could foresee this,” Fatata said of this week’s determination by the state Civil Service Commission that LaBella took the wrong exam to become police chief.
Not to justify what Mayor Roefaro did, but politicians can be expected to look for loopholes through Civil Service laws if they are a roadblock to appointing the people that they trust. That's why we have Civil Service Commissions and Corporation Counsels -- people who are responsible for knowing the law and impartially applying it. If they are looking for ways to get around it, then they are not doing their jobs.
City lawyers will convene next week and decide how to defend the appointment process to the state commission, Fatata said.But there is no defense. Applying two different tests with different requirements to the same position defies common sense.
The list of people brazenly defending or excusing what was done grows longer and longer, and now reaches the Corporation Counsel's office. . . . revealing ever increasing depths of the corruption that permeates City and County government.
The City Civil Service Commission must go, the County Civil Service Commission must go, and now the Corporation Counsel must go. They are not doing their jobs.