Former Deputy Albany County Executive returns to work despite felony charges
ALBANY, N.Y. - Albany County officials say former Deputy County
Executive Christine Quinn returned to work last week in a new capacity after
she was charged in an alleged attempt to obtain
Officials say she is working at the Chief Information Officer in
the Division of Information Services for the County. According to a 2014 budget
request, she could receive a salary of $113,000.
NEWS10 ABC was declined interviews with Quinn and Albany County
Executive Dan McCoy. However, McCoy's spokesperson provided the requirements and responsibility
for Quinn's new position.
Her role is to provide vision and leadership for developing
and implementing information technology initiatives. According to McCoy's
office, Quinn was on personal leave since the arrest and wanted to come back to
work, this position was open and her skill set fit.
She pleaded not guilty in September to a felony charge of criminal
possession of a controlled substance in Colonie Town Court and was released on
her own recognizance on pre-trial probation.
Albany County District Attorney David Soares said the charges
stemmed from her alleged abuse of the prescription drug Ritalin. He says the
abuse went on for about seven months.
County Legislators say they weren't informed of the move
made by McCoy and while he's not required to do that, those County Lawmakers
say it was disappointing.
"She seemed like a nice person," said Herbert Reilly
from District 33, "She made a mistake. The timing for the appointment probably
isn't the best in the world."
Quinn served as Deputy County Executive under Dan McCoy since 2012
with a salary of $106,000, according to officials.
The State Health Department's Bureau of Narcotic Enforcement says
the arrest was a result of the Internet System for Tracking Over-Prescribing
Act (I-STOP), legislation to directly address the epidemic of prescription drug
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