Thwart the mayor of Buchanan will ya?
It seems that Al Donahue, the eccentric, part-time mayor of the tiny Hudson River village, didn’t cotton to the citizen outrage that resulted from his brazen attempt to hire his own daughter as a village secretary at a clip of close to $75,000 a year.
A lot of people spoke out a public meeting when Donahue broke a 2-2 vote Board of Trustees vote to appoint Cindy Lynch, who wasn’t in line for the job, according to state Civil Service rules.
Now Al is getting back at his opponents, in a strange way. He has sent out Freedom of Information requests to employers of government workers and school employees who stood up at the meeting and protested Lynch’s hiring. She has since declined the job.
Here’s just one letter sent to the Public Information Officer at the town of Cortlandt:
“Please provide documentation/information regarding salary paid, fringe benefits paid directly to or on behalf of and any reimbursement of expenses for Frances E. Surak…for the years 2002 through 2008.”
Several letters of this type have been sent out.