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Heat is on city with Fire Department complaints

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Perhaps the most disturbing aspect of the ugly sexual harassment and death threat complaints filed against the Schenectady Fire Department by Jennifer Costa is that they involved so many people — not just her colleagues and immediate supervisors but several people up the chain of command, including current chief Raymond Senecal, who was a deputy chief at the time. If Costa’s claims are even remotely true, it’s a serious problem — one that is likely ...


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reader1
May 9, 2014
10:40 a.m.

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Note to Editorial Board - while there were external investigations of the PD, the lion's share of the more recent disciplinary cases were handled internally. The DA's office entered into the cases at the request of the PD. They have to be when the case involves criminal conduct. Your article, not surprisingly paints a picture that the PD was incapable or unwilling to address its' own problems.

And, in view of the fact this case had nothing to do with the Police Department, why are you dragging them into it? Oh I forget, it's the Gazette.

kmiac
May 9, 2014
noon

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Is this a joke? This is armature journalism at its finest. Why is it that the gazzett finds any way possible to drag the police dept into a negative light? You are writing an article, about a woman stating she was threatened and sexually harassed by her employer, those are serious allegations! Instead of filling your articles with crap, be a real journalist and investigate the claims made. Had this particular woman made complaints in the past and to whom? Has she ever had a history of complaining against an employer? Have those being accused ever been accused prior? All questions worth asking, none of which involve SPD. Seriously gazette, your paper is nothing more but a local version of the national enquiror!

joycemadre
May 9, 2014
12:01 p.m.

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The Gazette does a great job for the most part and this article is no different. The city needs a major cleaning starting with the Mayor. Perhaps a little less night life and more focus on issues at hand would be a good start. These allegations being brought are very serious and should not be taken lightly.

kmiac
May 9, 2014
12:12 p.m.

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You lost me at the gazette does a great job....

ChuckD
May 9, 2014
9:46 p.m.

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The Gazette gets a "C" from me for trying to fill its natural role as the Fourth Estate. It should mention the PD problem as that's a previous example of municipal employees who got too full of themselves. And if I recall correctly, the DA was called in after FBI and ACLU investigations, and because of its inability to hold officers accountable on it's own.
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The phrase I think kmiac means is "armchair journalism". It's lazy journalism fer sure. This story has smoke all over it, is there fire too? How about upping your credibility DG and reporting the demographic make-up of the FD (and the PD for that matter). I don't have the numbers but my bet is it doesn't come close to matching the demographics of Schenectady. Think there's a story there? I think a high school journo class would be all over it. Especially one in the City of Schenectady.

reader1
May 10, 2014
7:19 a.m.

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ChuckD - Your assertions appear to be little more than guesses about the history of the events.

ChuckD
May 10, 2014
10:20 p.m.

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Well then reader1, do enlighten us. My assertions are a bit more than guesses, based on recollections and some Googling to confirm my recollections. Admittedly I'm something of an outsider, not being a city resident, but I am employed full time in the city and go to work there every day (in addition to having been raised in the immediate vacinity).
So how about some substance to your assertion?

reader1
May 11, 2014
9:34 a.m.

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The information is out there. I don't have the time nor desire to educate you on these matters.

SchenectadyScott
May 12, 2014
1:04 p.m.

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reader1 (mark)....your best interaction with a message to the Gazette Editors is a direct message to them...I have found that to be the best way in communication, as they do read these messages they have always returned any inquiries I have had with them. I hope that helps..It worked for me in the past..All the best to you. thank you for your comments in these very important matters needing to be addressed with one of our city departments. It is a horrible accusation that needs investigating and accountability.

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