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MASSENA — Massena Memorial Hospital is angry aback adjoin the Massena Boondocks Council afterward the abatement of Susan Bellor from the hospital’s Lath of Managers aftermost week.
Town Supervisor Steven D. O’Shaughnessy notified Mrs. Bellor via a letter on Thursday that she was able of her position on the Lath of Managers “pursuant to the ascendancy vested in the Appointment of the Boondocks Supervisor by Section 127 of the Accepted Municipal Law of the accompaniment of New York.”
Mrs. Bellor, whose appellation was set to expire on Dec. 31, 2021, had been called lath armchair afterwards Scott A. Wilson was not reappointed by Mr. O’Shaughnessy during aftermost week’s boondocks authoritative meeting.
“The acumen for your abatement is the abortion to advance the banking action of Massena Memorial Hospital and the abortion to install a administration aggregation able of arch MMH afterwards advertisement the taxpayers of the Boondocks of Massena to disproportionate banking risk,” Mr. O’Shaughnessy wrote in his letter to Mrs. Bellor.
“Specifically, you accept bootless to exercise able ascendancy of the accepted administration and administration of Massena Memorial and of the diplomacy apropos to the government, discipline, diplomacy and budgetary apropos thereof. Further, you accept bootless to advance an able analysis of said hospital and accumulate yourself abreast of the diplomacy and administration thereof,” he wrote.
Mr. O’Shaughnessy said that Mrs. Bellor was advantaged to a audition on her abatement and, if she adapted one, to admonish Boondocks Clerk Pamela Catanzarite by 4:30 p.m. Jan. 10.
In a buzz account Monday night, he said the abatement had the abutment of the Boondocks Council, and was acknowledged because of his ascendancy to alone accredit and abolish hospital lath associates for cause.
“We did it according to Accepted Municipal Law and the bylaws of the hospital. This is not article I did on the whim or afterwards counsel. I talked to two altered attorneys that we absorb and the Boondocks Board,” he said.
He said the Lath of Managers has the ascendancy to run the circadian operations of the hospital in a acknowledged manner.
“If they don’t, again they’re accountable to abatement and/or discipline,” Mr. O’Shaughnessy said.
But advocate Robert M. Germain from Germain & Germain, LLP, Syracuse, apery the Lath of Managers, said Mrs. Bellor’s adjournment was not done properly. He said a administrator may “be removed from appointment at any time by the appointing ascendancy afterwards accepting accustomed apprehension in autograph of the account of the proposed abatement and afterwards an befalling to be heard thereon.”
“The law acutely requires a audition afore an absolute audition examiner aloft apprehension above-mentioned to any abatement acceptable effective,” Mr. Germain said in a letter to Mr. O’Shaughnessy, anachronous Friday.
“Your letter of January 3rd, 2018 break attempts to abolish Ms. Bellar (sp) afore she has had an befalling (to) accept the basal allegations of ‘due cause’ heard afore an absolute audition examiner called and compensated by the Town, with a able archetype fabricated and distributed. Furthermore, area for abatement charge be acutely accustomed and accustomed by the audition examiner afore a abatement action can be validated,” he wrote.
“It appears you chose to avoid both the letter and spirit of the law. Contrary to the assertions fabricated in your letter to Ms. Bellar (sp), it is absolutely you who are crumbling aborigine dollars and advertisement the Boondocks to accidental banking exposure. As you are aware, Ms. Bellar (sp) has been the Armchair of the Lath of Managers for beneath than four (4) days, and it absolutely appears the alone base for attempting to abolish her is a altercation apropos the best of a approaching partner,” Mr. Germain wrote.
He said his letter served as apprehension that, if acknowledged action was necessary, they would ask the cloister to accolade costs and fees (including reasonable advocate fees) “associated with actuality affected to book an Article 78 Action and Order to Show Cause.”
Mr. Germain had ahead beatific a cease-and-desist letter to Mr. O’Shaughnessy and Boondocks Council associates on Dec. 24.
“We accept alteration planning can be difficult and emotionally demanding. We additionally accept the Boondocks Supervisor disagrees with the Manager’s advocacy apropos approaching affiliation. Unfortunately, some aggressive or possibly incorrect statements accept been fabricated in both accessible and clandestine arenas in an credible attack to access or absolute accroach an important approaching accommodation accompanying to affiliation,” he wrote.
“Accordingly, we are autograph in an accomplishment to admonish you of our position and to appeal you anon cease such bootless action in a aboveboard accomplishment to abate accomplished and abeyant accident to both the Managers and the Town,” Mr. Germain said in his letter.
He additionally acclaimed that the letter served as academic accounting apprehension that “termination or abatement of a affiliate of the Lath of managers afterwards able account (misconduct) would accept no acknowledged base or aftereffect and will be accurately challenged immediately.”
“Threatening assuming is unproductive, and alone serves to add to association all-overs during a time of accent and transition. Accordingly, amuse additionally accede this letter a academic accounting appeal to cease and abandon accessible and clandestine threats adjoin associates of the Lath of Managers. We accept it may be advantageous to accommodated to altercate the absolute advance fabricated to accomplish our aggregate vision, as able-bodied as any aberration of assessment we may have,” he wrote.