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Halfmoon-Waterford fire chief resigns

Karen Tararache
Updated: November 12, 2019 12:31 AM
Created: November 11, 2019 11:50 PM

WATERFORD - "The board of commissioners do not back the support of the Chief to a safety violation that occurred. Period. So, at this time, there's a petition for my removal, it was well stated. I accept that position at this time I want to resign my membership as chief of this department," Frederick Gaudette said.

An unexpected announcement from Halfmoon-Waterford Fire Chief Frederick Gaudette Monday night at a fire commissioners meeting. 

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In an executive session, it was decided that an investigation would be launched both on the district and company level as to why Assistant Chief Anthony Bonaventre and firefighter Earl McMahon were both suspended by the chief for 59 days and 30 days respectively.

In his statement, the Chief cited a "safety violation" but the fire commissioner could not elaborate what that was because it's a company issue and not a district one.

Assistant Chief Bonaventre read a statement during a public comment period stating his suspension was given as retaliation before December nominations and asked the commissioners to fire the chief before "someone gets hurt." 

Another firefighter said the Chief was mentally and emotionally unfit to lead the department and an investigation should also be launched into Fire Commissioner John D'Allessandro.

"There's some belief that I was somehow involved in the suspension unfortunately when something like this happens people tend to want to strike out and blame somebody, I can say unequivocally I had nothing to do with it," D'Allessandro said.

There was no opportunity to ask Chief Gaudette for comment.

Deputy Chief Jim Mulligan will act as interim Fire Chief.  


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