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Schenectady treatment plant worker fired after arrest

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Mayor Gary McCarthy quickly fired a city employee Wednesday after the worker was allegedly caught after hours drinking alcohol in his car. Police charged Paul Lafond, 33, with a violation of the open containers law. They also said he was in the car with a known prostitute but that they had no proof that he had hired the woman for sex. Lafond was charged early Wednesday morning. At 4 p.m., he was fired. “He is ...


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safny
May 8, 2013
4:55 p.m.

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How is it legal to fire someone who has been charged, not yet found guilty of anything?

Root_Beer
May 8, 2013
5:22 p.m.

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If he was on private property the open containers law does't apply. Plus why do they have to say he was in the company of a known prostitute, would they have mentioned it if she was a known bank teller or politician? Then again if he was with a Schenectady cop we all know something funny was going on.

dod
May 8, 2013
11:34 p.m.

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I was given a ticket for an open container , which was an empty can of beer. The police sent the woman to approach my car so they could most likely have a reason to search my vehicle. I did not ask the woman to enter my vehicle she approached from the rear opened the door and sat in my car. Seconds later officers surrounded me and tore apart my vehicle. There was nothing in my car that was illegal. I passed my field sobriety test and was cuffed and booked for an empty can of beer.

Today I was fired after working for 13 years at the facility. The explanation I was given was it was a result of my actions last night... Which was the incident explained. Further I am a father of two. Thiis woman that I never seen before enters my vehicle uninvited now the media is making it out to be something it wasn't. Schdy PD may have known she was a hooker to me she was a nut job that took it upon herself to open my car door and sit inside. Before I could figure what the hell she was trying to say through her highly impaired state officers pulled up and proceeded to arrest me followed by our Mayors swift reaction to fire me when I was CHARGED not even guilty of an open container.. Can I remind people The schdy police officer accused of brandishing his weapon and threaten people in plain clothes is on a 30 day suspension..

SchenectadyScott
May 9, 2013
12:29 a.m.

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"He declined to explain the reason for the termination, but said readers were likely to figure it out on their own.".....obviously there is more going on here then what is being said....Because he just told us all this!...you can debate this and argue it all out...none of it makes sense without all the facts involved. We will never know unless the press does their job.

dod
May 9, 2013
2:26 a.m.

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thanks for the info I was on private property with my car parked.

mezz3131
May 9, 2013
9:33 a.m.

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Paulie, you mentioned your a father,if that's not for sympathy and is really something you care about.I recommend you stop playing games and spend time at home hugging them and playing with them instead of driving around Hamilton hill at 1am with "empty beers" and " nut jobs" in your car. And for those of you who can't see through the smoke, the mayor is an intelligent guy and trust me Paul lafond has way more going on than just this one very poor decision

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