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Director named for new Schenectady County dispatch center

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County officials have tapped a retired communications director from the Albany Police Department to head the new unified communications center now under construction in Rotterdam. Legislators are expected to approve the hiring of Jeffrey Cunningham as the director of the county’s centralized dispatch facility during their meeting this evening. Once hired, Cunningham will earn an annual salary of $88,000. Cunningham, who worked for the Albany Police Department for 32 years, was among 16 candidates for ...


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mlamendola
November 12, 2013
12:53 a.m.

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holy cow, they didn;t hire an ex-rotterdam or ex-SPD cop for the job? what gives?

SchenectadyScott
November 12, 2013
6:22 a.m.

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Where can you make $128,308 a year......retired. Only in America. Thank God for the taxpayer's deep pockets...or we would never be able to hire these public sector positions.

safny
November 12, 2013
6:47 a.m.

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Double dipping is a back breaker for taxpayers, the one group of people no one in the government cares about.

cfield
November 12, 2013
7:43 a.m.

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WOW, and ya would have thought the County Dems under the direction of Tony Jasenski could have found a police chief or former sheriff now turned supervisor to run things! Why would a little thing like experience stop them from placing a good ole boy in the spot!

cfield
November 12, 2013
8:06 a.m.

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More importantly, how is this "double dipping" a back breaker for tax payers? If they hired a non retired individual they would still pay a salary of 88k correct. So what's the difference? I ll tell you, they get a more experienced person for the job. If he does it correctly he will save taxpayers thousand of dollars over his tenure. Let's not mention, he probably has health benefits from his previous employer. Or should they hire someone from private sector who has No experience pay him less and throw in benefits. If you actual knew what these types of jobs entailed you wouldn't want anybody else! Hip hip hooray, double dip away, I say.

JIMOCONNOR
November 12, 2013
10:44 a.m.

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HELP I'VE FALLEN, AND CAN'T GET UP AND DON'T GIVE A CRAP ABOUT YOUR PENSION.

cfield
November 12, 2013
11:20 a.m.

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That s the point, there are no qualified non retired people out there to do this job. For example would you want a hard worker in a tough economy to do surgery on you or would you want a qualified surgeon. People learn these skills in the field , not working for IBM.

cfield
November 12, 2013
8:08 p.m.

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No need to be sorry. You just don't know. Where would one gather the skills to manage a police and fire communications center? Think about it. There may be unretired people qualified, but they are working on their pension!

nausetmom
November 13, 2013
3:39 p.m.

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All the above arguments are great points..especially the "double dipping." Does this individual even live in Schenectady County. If Schenectady County taxpayers are going to pay his salary, then he should be made to move at least into the county, if he doesn't. Only in Schenectady County can the legislators throw away our money..we are one of the smallest counties in the state with the highest taxes...we should have cleaned house in the last election, but everyone just keeps getting reelected and nothing ever changes..I can't wait to move out of this county.

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