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To The Editor:

After reading the news article on May 15, 2013 in the Courier Observer regarding the town of Massena Board’s discussion of the need to have a new code officer, I felt it was time to state the facts.

There were many errors in the many news articles that have appeared in the paper. First, I did not quit the code job, I did not resign, nor did I retire as the village mayor would like you to believe.I was not reappointed during the Dec. 18, 2012 annual reappointment meeting.If you are not reappointed, you lose your job.

After two meetings with the Mayor and the Village Board, I wasn’t reappointed. In fact, the Mayor and Board wanted to change my contract from full time with some benefits to a 20-hour /per week part-time job without any benefits.I then issued a letter letting the Village Board know when my last day was going to be.

The Mayor has said and the paper has reported that I have retired, resigned or quit.The truth is I was never reappointed [I did not have a job in which to retire, resign or quit from] for 2013.

The Mayor claims eliminating the code position was done to save taxpayer money.Was this money saved for his 47 percent raise?

And now, according to the May 15, 2013 Courier Observer paper, the town and village are looking at hiring a new code officer for 30 hours per week.I worked 321/2 hours per week and was never asked to reduce my hours to 30 hours per week.

The fact is that if I was reappointed in the December meeting I would be working today in the code office.

Greg Fregoe

Unappointed Code Officer


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