Breaking News;Times Union editorial board slams Spychalsk and the Saratoga Housing Authority HERE
Also a story in The Daily Gazette Today
One of the most frequently asked questions I get is ‘Where did this Spychalsk clown come from”? Well it took some digging but let me take you back to the days when Val Keehn was mayor of our fine city.
Now for a trip down memory lane
The time was 2006, Gerard Zabala, had been Director of Saratoga Housing Authority for over 16 years, starting in 1990 when he took over for the retiring Jim Collins.
Zabala who was a Republican , had fallen out of favor with the Housing Authority board that summer after he went on disability leave due to recurring migraine headaches, anxiety and stress, according to a testimony from his doctor . He was fired by the Housing Authority board on Oct. 24 2006.
The Housing Authority board had claimed they would conduct a search. Spychalsk who was hiried by the Housing Authority in 1997 in maintenance would have his job in less than a month.
Then board chairman Lee Weiser said. "We had to run a search." But the search was just a sham as Weiser added "We knew from the beginning that we had the strongest candidate in Ed,” Mayor Valerie Keehn said she had heard concerns from several residents who want to keep politics out of the decision. She kept the position exempt from Civil Service law, which meant Ed never took a civil service test for his 152k a year job.
Mayor Valerie Keehn, who had the power to appoint housing authority board members, weighed in on the debate claiming residents had contacted her, asking for her to support the promotion of Spychalski to executive director which she did. She said “Spychalski was the best candidate because he listened to residents' problems and addressed them.”
He serves at the discretion of the board but I hear in recent years he was given a muti-year employment contact. He referenced it to me as he threw me off Authority grounds when he said "you should see my contract"
Zabala sued the housing authority in state Supreme Court seeking $542,134 in back pay, sick time and damages I don’t know the outcome of that case.
Valerie Keehn lost her bid for reelection for City Mayor in 2007