Well as you saw earlier, today wasn’t a good day for the Saratoga Housing Authority. First there was that blistering editorial in today’s Time Union HERE and a story in the Daily Gazette by Lee Coleman that quoted Authority Board Chairman Dennis Brunelle as having "no problem" with Spychalski's salary; he went on to say “in fact, he said they feel he should be paid more.”
I’m waiting for Brunelle to start singing “Stand by your man”
What Coleman failed to mention was the fact that Brunelle was in Fort Lauderdale at the time he made his comment. See Dennis and his good buddy Spychalski were attending PHADA's 2012 Commissioners' Conference in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The meeting was held January 8-11 at the Marriott Harbor Beach Hotel located right on the Atlantic Ocean.HERE.
Spychalski and Brunelle got a head start on the conference flying out Friday the sixth, all of this paid for by the taxpayer. I wonder if Brunelle and Spychalsk were sharing mai tai’s in the hot tub when he told Coleman “in fact, he said they feel he should be paid more.”
In case you were wondering what the weather has been like in Lauderdale, high upper seventies low in the sixties HERE. Not too bad.
Lee Coleman also wrote in the story
“She (Patsy Berrigan, the secretary for the Civil Service Commission) said Spychalski’s daughter, Nina Krupski , a housing assistant with the authority, was hired after taking a test and scoring among the top three. She said the two people who scored higher did not take the job, so it went to Krupski.”
Available to the public is a civil service list for the test that lists the individuals that passed the test and what happened when the Civil Service Commission attempted to contact them about the job. In this case three people who scored above Ms. Krupski either did not respond to the CSC or declined the job. However, one person who did score higher than Krupski indicated that she wanted the position. In addition, Krupski’s score of 80 tied with two other people who wanted the job. Ed Spycharski then had four people from which to select and he chose his daughter.
In addressing the accusation that Ed Spychalski ignored the civil service law and hired his son to handle security at the Housing Authority, Lee Coleman reports only that the civil service commission has no knowledge of this and will be meeting with Spychalski. In addition, he quotes Dennis Brunelle that Spychalski did not hire his son. This would lead the readers of the paper to be unsure about what happened. In fact, both the December and January editions of the Housing Authority Newsletter have columns written by Spychalski’s son that identify him as being responsible for security not as the “Laborer” as he is listed with civil service.
And just to make a bad day worse Paul Vandenburgh ripped into them both on Talk 1300 today.
But remember Saratogians if you see Ed or Dennis this week don’t forget to complement their tans, after all you paid for it.