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Police still looking for mayor's receipts

Friday, August 08, 2014 - Updated: 10:16 AM

By CASEY CROUCHER

casey.croucher@recordernews.com

The Amsterdam Police Department is still investigating a recent case of missing receipts from Mayor Ann Thane's city vehicle.

"I was hoping we could get something on camera," police chief Gregory Culick said Thursday, "but no such luck."

He said the area in which the mayor parks the city vehicle, next to the city hall annex building, does not fall into camera surveillance angles.

"We have a very good camera system but the area she parks in does not have camera surveillance," he said.

Culick and his department were asked during Tuesday's council meeting to investigate the mayor's missing receipts.

Thane noticed receipts saved for gas, windshield wipers, car mats and car washes were missing from the glove compartment of the city vehicle Aug. 1.

Minutes before she noticed the receipts were missing, a draft resolution limiting her use of the vehicle was sent to her office from the Common Council.

The draft resolution demanded the mayor only use the vehicle for city business, and unless she goes out of town on city business, the vehicle should be parked at city hall.

According to the resolution, the mayor would be required to use her personal vehicle to and from city hall, and would not be permitted to use the city's vehicle for personal use like grocery shopping, the gym or transporting children.

If approved, the mayor would be required to maintain a log of vehicle use; only obtain gasoline for the city's vehicle from the Department of Public Works garage; keep a record of all mileage from any New York Conference of Mayors business she attends; and observe all the rules of the road, including speed limits, and use of equipment for hands-free driving.

The resolution was tabled Tuesday night and will be revisited in a committee meeting Aug. 12.

Thane said she has $1,500 worth of receipts saved that her secretary filed in January when she started filing new receipts for the year.

She said the last time she saw her receipt collection was two weeks ago and she doesn't know if anyone on the Common Council knows about the collection but she's "been open about it."

Culick said the APD doesn't have any good leads on the case but they plan to continue investigating.

"It's a gray area for sure. No good, solid leads on it but it's still under investigation," said.

     

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