Albany County (New York) continues to employ a high-ranking nursing home consultant who is facing misdemeanor charges of misconduct in light of violations of the heath care system’s procurement policy, according to the Albany Times Union.
Each sentence carries up to a year in jail, the Times Union reported. Larry Slatky allegedly violated the policy by steering contracts to a company run by a friend. Slatky is paid up to $27,000 per month by Albany County, the Times Union reported.
“The rules for awarding public contracts are designed to ensure fairness for bidders and to protect taxpayers,” Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice said in a statement “My office will continue to investigate and hold accountable anyone who violates this trust and these rules that exist to protect the public.”
Slatky has worked as a consultant for Albany County since the end of last year, according to the Times Union. The county told the paper it wasn’t surprised by the indictments and that Slatky’s job is safe, despite the charges.
He is accused of playing favorites while mediating a laundry service bid in 2010 on Long Island. Slatky bypassed some bidding companies entirely before awarding it to a company run by a friend, according to the Times Union.
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