For the editorial click here.
Here are some highlights.
Darrel Aubertine hiring his sister was a violation of the Public Officer's Law, which Darrel Aubertine voted for while he was in the Assembly. Once a violation occurs, the law requires the appointing politician repay the state the amount of payroll and up to a $40,000 penalty, neither of which has occurred to date in Mr. Aubertine's case which is nearly six months after the incident.
This line below is directly from the editorial and it speaks to this issue, but also speaks to the larger issue of governing in our state; our poor financial situation at the state, the general lack of leadership witnessed in the last 8 months in the 48th Senate district, the ATV, NYPA or A.L. Lee Memorial Hospital issues are all examples.
Apparently Mr. Aubertine, D-Cape Vincent, did not understand the law he voted for.That comment speaks volumes.
On the other hand, Dave Renzi participated in a wide spread and accepted practice of classifying a municipal attorney as an employee, where a municipal attorney will easily put in more time than the elected official that they are advising. The Attorney General's office did an about face earlier this year on the practice of allowing this situation to occur.
And finally this line directly from the editorial that sums it all up.
David Renzi did understand the new rule and he voluntarily complied. He did not cost the taxpayers anything. Darrel Aubertine has yet to comply.