DPW commissioner resigns, 4 fired after investigation
RENSSELAER, N.Y. -- The city of Rensselaer's mayor, Dan Dwyer, confirms with the NEWS CENTER that he hired a private investigator to take a look into allegations that Department of Public Works employees were abusing their time on the job.
Dwyer tells the NEWS CENTER that with the conclusion of the investigation this week, he has fired four DPW employees for working only four-hour days, but putting in for eight-hours of pay.
In addition, Dwyer says DPW Commissioner Tom Capuano resigned because he knew about the employees' actions.
Mayor Dwyer says he does not have an exact number of how much taxpayer dollars were misused, but said it could amount to thousands of dollars.
Dwyer says the city's labor attorneys have taken over the investigation to determine more details.