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Posted on July 1 at 7:23 a.m. (Suggest removal)

The people of Malta should DEMAND that Sickels resign her position and pay the taxpayers the $5,000 deductible WE are being forced to pay due to her actions. By her remaining as Town Clerk, the likelihood of this continued behavior by her is strong and the town is totally vulnerable to future lawsuits. The fact that Ruisi voted AGAINST asking for Sickels' resignation indicates either that she is in complete denial or is totally being controlled by Sickels and her daughter, Councilwoman Tara Thomas, who is currently seeking reelection. Do not be fooled by Tara Thomas recusing herself from the vote. She is totally complicit in all of this as is the entire town board and town comptroller/head of HR.

From: Malta Town Board to town clerk: Quit now

Posted on January 15 at 8:58 a.m. (Suggest removal)

This truly could be a class action lawsuit as the Town Clerk has been doing these actions for many years against every one of her previous deputies. As tax receiver, I worked in Sickels' office for over a year and was quite aware of everything that went on despite the Town Supervisor, Head of Human Resources (who's also the Town Comptroller) and the Town Board in its entirety being fully aware of the situation. I myself complained about the treatment by Sickels towards her deputies and was told that I had a personality conflict with the Town Clerk and this was nothing more than a cat fight. Nothing was further than the truth! Now that the public is being made aware of this, perhaps Sickels will have the common decency to retire and spare the taxpayers any further liability. Don't count on it though, as long as she has the full support of the Town Supervisor, her daughter, Councilwoman Tara Thomas and many others who choose to blame the victim rather than the perpetrator.

From: Deputy Malta town clerk may sue over work environment

Posted on January 8 at 10:43 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Since when is a 53% increase in dog license fees "modest"? A fee by any other name in government is a tax. The Town Board claims they don't want to increase taxes. I think they just did. Who cares what other towns charge? They aren't Malta.

From: Malta appoints new animal control officer

Posted on January 1 at 10:39 a.m. (Suggest removal)

The animal control officer, Dominic Refino, has been a disaster for the Town of Malta since day one. His methods of intimidation through threats, and total incompetence are well known throughout the town and was also well known by many, if not all, of the Malta Town Board. This was allowed to go on for two years though, irrespective of this knowledge. Falsification of mileage reimbursement requests by Refino wasn't even enough for the Town Board to fire Mr. Refino. The statement that "Refino.. worked 120 hours a month or more" is total fiction. If Refino worked 12 hours a month, that would be considerable. It is the Deputy Animal Control Officer who worked significant hours on the dog enumeration project, yet Refino took all the credit. Perhaps the fact that Refino threw the Town Supervisor under the bus at least three times at this past Agenda meeting as a basis for most of the recent barrage of complaints was the final straw. Whatever the reason though, I say good adios and hallelujah! I suppose it is better late than never. Perhaps now Malta will have an actual professional in the position.

From: Malta animal control officer out after complaints

Posted on November 16 at 9:57 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Why not post how much money Metroplex GAVE to these companies so that they could generate these PILOTS? The fact that those figures aren't presented would leave me to believe that they are still paying out a lot more than they are taking in. That doesn't even include those projects that have gone belly up.

From: Metroplex cites project revenues

Posted on August 31 at 7:18 a.m. (Suggest removal)

After the average taxpayer in Malta gets a tax break for living there, then we can start looking at tax breaks to bribe companies to move here. When does it stop? If this is such a great place to do business, companies will come willingly. They won't need to be bribed. This is extortion on the part of LFTC. Enough already!

From: Luther Forest campus calls for tax breaks

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