Albany County comptroller alleging pay-to-play schemes are in Albany County government

October 12, 2018 05:15 PM

Albany County Comptroller Michael Conners is alleging pay to play schemes are taking place in Albany County government.

He's alleging several government buildings are being rented for far more money than they are actually worth.

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He says the county has spent $50 million since 2002 to rent and repair the BOE building and Family Court building.  He says the county could have bought those buildings for a combined $8 million back in 2009.

Connors believes the county chose not to do that because the people who own the buildings make significant donations to Albany County Executive Dan McCoy's campaigns.

Connors is pushing for legislation that would expand the powers of the county comptroller.

McCoy responded Friday afternoon, saying the comptroller is entirely off base in his comments on both the Russell Road lease and on the county's acquisition of the Family Court building.

He also called the comments politically motivated, saying his own actions demonstrate he has always placed the interests of Albany County residents first and foremost.


WNYT Staff

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