Late last week it was the Town Bookkeeper collecting retirement while collecting her regular salary. In December 2008 we found out that the same bookkeeper was paid overtime even though she was an exempt employee. Of course, these two stories are connected and cumulative because today we find out that the Bookeeper's pension suddenly increased 29% -- more than likely due to the overtime.
The weird goings-on in New Hartford are not limited to the Bookkeeper. We still do not have a satisfactory explanation on how The Hartford office building ever got the permissions to be built because it was located outside the New Hartford Business Park. We still do not have an adequate explanation on the Fees In Lieu of Mitigation situation, where fees were collected and seemingly transferred from mitigating impacts of one development to others that were unrelated.
As noted on New Hartford Online,
Ms. Fairbrother supposedly retired on Friday, June 1, 2007, and according to Attorney Green's invoices, one day after she met with him to discuss "accounting/bookkeeping concerns".This suggests that the former Town Attorney may have the information the public is looking for. The former Town Attorney certainly seems to have been involved in all of the situations where questions remain.
- Town Bookkeeper
- Fees In Lieu of Mitigation
- New Hartford Business Park
- NYRI (this mentioned because of the numerous "memos" allegedly written to the Town on NYRI, all the while the Town's interests were represented by another firm as part of a group of municipalities).
While the attorney cannot release this information on his own because of the attorney-client privilege, the Town as his client can DIRECT him to do so.
For some reason the Town Board has been reluctant to authorize release of this information to the public.
At this point, without a Town Board authorization to release this information, the public is justified in assuming that the individuals on the Town Board were somehow involved.