Carol Fairbrother's Overtime Payment ...

Carol Fairbrother's Overtime Payment of $71,000 plus

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Legal Assistant

United States

#1 Dec 21, 2008
The Observer Dispatch Sunday newspaper published an article regarding the New Hartford Town Bookkeeper's alleged demand for overtime in the amount of $71,000.

The problem with this request and APPROVAL by Town Official has become suspect because it appears it is more of a certain sum of monies to keep quiet about illegal activities occurring within the Town by it's elected officials. There too, is a statute of limitations in these matters.

Mrs. Fairbrother is an "at will" employee, appointed by the Town Supervisor and subject to dismissal at any time. Mr. Humphries was NEVER presented with a claim for overtime from Mrs. Fairbrother. Why not?

Furthermore, why did the town hire an outside law firm (Hancock and Estabrooke) when they have a town attorney - Jerry Green who should have issued the advisory opinion.

Equally interesting is that the town had recourse to both the NYS Comptroller's Office and the NYS Attorney General to render an advisory opinion in lieu of paying legal fees to a Syracuse law firm.

Why was this done?

There is more to this story than is being reported by the Observer Dispatch. Why did they take down the comments that were posted and contained factual information concerning the costs of the bookkeeper and others?

We really need the town to account for their improprieties in this matter. Mrs. Fairbrother knows much about the shoddy bookkeeping and monies and contractual matters occurring under the Earle Reed administration.

Earle Reed and company need to be thrown out of office.
millsboy

Mountain View, CA

#5 Dec 21, 2008
oh! she is a bitch too!
bobcat

Monroeville, PA

#6 Dec 22, 2008
31.5o hr your kidding
Joanne

AOL

#7 Dec 22, 2008
You ppl all sound so jealous of her!
HELP

AOL

#8 Dec 22, 2008
We are not jealous. We are taxpayers and we are astounded by a bookkeeper making that kind of money. CPA's are happy to make that but bookkeepers no way.
Earle Greed

Seattle, WA

#9 Dec 22, 2008
The $31.50 per hour is justified. Here's how it breaks down:

Regular Hourly Rate = 15.75/HR

*Hush Bonus Rate = 15.75/HR

Total = 31.50/HR

* Hush bonus rate ensures that Mrs. Fairbrother does not reveal specific details regarding town expenditures that the citizens have no real need to know about.
Bob Pain

New York, NY

#10 Dec 23, 2008
We had to do what we did because Mrs. Fairbrother knew to much about the illegal acts me and my elected colleagues are doing.

We want to make sure each town resident who is not politically connected uses their retirement funds to pay for all our frivolous acts.

Too bad town residents are to ignorant to see how much fun we are having.

Mrs. Fairbrother knew too much and we had to find a way to keep her quiet. After all, her copies of town illegal activities had to be dealt with.
Earle Greed

Reno, NV

#11 Dec 23, 2008
Mrs. Fairbrother is a valuable town asset. We certainly wouldn't want to lose her in some kind of freak accident, such as, falling through the ice on the canal or accidentally being T-boned by a New Hartford police car during a hot pursuit. She's irreplaceable!
Bob Pain wrote:
We had to do what we did because Mrs. Fairbrother knew to much about the illegal acts me and my elected colleagues are doing.
We want to make sure each town resident who is not politically connected uses their retirement funds to pay for all our frivolous acts.
Too bad town residents are to ignorant to see how much fun we are having.
Mrs. Fairbrother knew too much and we had to find a way to keep her quiet. After all, her copies of town illegal activities had to be dealt with.
Leon Leon

New York, NY

#12 Dec 23, 2008
Reed is incompetent egocentric and a screwball.
Higby

AOL

#13 Dec 23, 2008
Carol has bills to pay to you know. Give her a break! She works hard for that $$$. And with Xmas here.........what more needs to be said?
Bob Pain

New York, NY

#14 Dec 24, 2008
TOPIX has an article about Miga Auto Sales. Carol Fairbrother is related to the owner of Miga Auto Sales in New York Mills. I believe it is her brother who owns this place.

Several years ago the original Miga Auto Sales burned downed and there was suspicion of arson. However, I do not know what happened because everything was kept hush-hush.

I do know that the Observer Dispatch did publish an article about Miga Auto Sales turning back the odometers on cars he sold and that the owner was cited and paid a hefty fine.

Since: Nov 08

East Somewhere, NY USA

#15 Dec 24, 2008
Earle Greed wrote:
The $31.50 per hour is justified. Here's how it breaks down:
Regular Hourly Rate = 15.75/HR
*Hush Bonus Rate = 15.75/HR
Total = 31.50/HR
* Hush bonus rate ensures that Mrs. Fairbrother does not reveal specific details regarding town expenditures that the citizens have no real need to know about.
HAHAHA That is great! The taxpayers in NH are so clueless arent they Mr. Greed?
HDTV

Hancock, NY

#16 Feb 4, 2009
Who was the former town supervisor in new hartford. his last name began with a K? Maybe he can shed some light on this "overtime".
there was

Jamestown, NY

#17 Feb 4, 2009
john kazanjian (spelling?) but he was convicted of stealing taxpayer money for personal gain, sounds kinda like reed, but reed was smart, he's paying off everyone to keep quiet!

After him it was Randy Humphreys and I believe after that it was the ultimate douchbag, reed himself.

From what I read somewhere, Humphreys said that he always believed, and the count always acknowledged that fairbrother's position was exempt from this overtime....
HDTV

Hancock, NY

#18 Feb 4, 2009
there was wrote:
john kazanjian (spelling?) but he was convicted of stealing taxpayer money for personal gain, sounds kinda like reed, but reed was smart, he's paying off everyone to keep quiet!
After him it was Randy Humphreys and I believe after that it was the ultimate douchbag, reed himself.
From what I read somewhere, Humphreys said that he always believed, and the count always acknowledged that fairbrother's position was exempt from this overtime....
That's the guy!!! good job... Bet a lot of hanky panky went on in that office.. hummmmm Overtime? If that's what you call it... and get paid....
Carol for President

Oneida, NY

#19 Feb 4, 2009
Speaking from factual knowledge not shooting from the hip as many have, the woman is not involved in the dirt in New Hartford. Her pay scale is not high if you compare it to others who do the same type of bookwork balancing billions of dollars. Although she may be aware of wrong doing by others it does not involve her and she keeps to her place doing what she gets paid to do. How many of you blow the whistle every time you see a wrong on the job. I bet you stay clear because it does not directly involve you.

The thing I find so amusing is that everyone has stories of New Hartford's antics and illegal activity. It sounds as if a firing squad should be formed made up of taxpayers. Can anyone answer the question WHY there is not a full investigation underway by an outside agency, federal or state? Documented facts as alleged can be investigated and there are such agencies that would eat this up so don't cry cover up all the way up through state and federal agencies.

You want this poor lady to give up her job and be a rat. Why don't you the people with all the knowledge and accusations take the duck by the bill and venture forth. When its all said and done she will not be the one behind bars I assure you.

Those of you who fire personal attacks on her should zip it. You can attack her job but you know not the lady. I assume many inappropriate comments come from your personal experiences with your significant others. Remember not everyone is as dirty as you and yours. The planet Earth does harbor some good people and she is one of them.


sick of it

Rome, NY

#20 Feb 4, 2009
[quote]Her pay scale is not high if you compare it to others who do the same type of bookwork balancing billions of dollars.[end quote]

First of all, Ms. Fairbrother does not balance billions of dollars.

Next, according to Atty. Sciotti's Opinion Letter, the attorney from Hancock & Estabrooke that was paid $2,000 by the Town of New Hartford, Ms. Fairbrother's job is mundane and she has no specialized training for the job. That was the basis upon which Atty. Sciotti formed the opinion that she is not an exempt employee.

Of course, Earle Reed probably never let Atty Sciotti know that Ms. Fairbrother is indeed a Civil Service Exempt employee and that a resolution stating that fact was recorded in the June 10, 1999 town board minutes. Atty Sciotti's Opinion Letter is only as good as the information he is given.

Ms. Fairbrother knows she is a Civil Service Exempt employee yet she still accepted the $71,544 overtime payment. Taxpayer dollars were given to someone who is not entitled to them and taxpayers will have to continue paying more because Ms. Fairbrother is close to retiring and this overtime payment will boost her pension.

I always thought highly of Ms. Fairbrother; however, actions speak louder than words.

I am sick of the outright fraud that is going on in New Hartford. Where is the State Comptroller, the Attorney General, the local D.A. or for that matter the Observer Dispatch?
Tony

Reno, NV

#21 Feb 4, 2009
You should know that in order to successfully bring charges against a public official, corroborating evidence is of utmost importance. If Ms Fairbrother knows something she has an obligation and responsibility to the taxpayers and the community as a whole, to bring it forward. We are dealing with the public trust and public dollars here, not a private corporation.

How do you know that an investigation hasn't begun?

Would Ms. Fairbrother have an obligation to come forward if she had corroborating evidence of a public official she worked for who was involved in child pornography or a prostitution ring?

Where do you draw the line?

Many cases that the FED's pursue are made solid by insiders who are willing to testify. Otherwise it would be very difficult to prosecute them. You should know that! If Ms. Fairbrother knows something then she has an obligation and responsibilty to come forward. Otherwise she's part of the problem.
Carol for President wrote:
Speaking from factual knowledge not shooting from the hip as many have, the woman is not involved in the dirt in New Hartford. Her pay scale is not high if you compare it to others who do the same type of bookwork balancing billions of dollars. Although she may be aware of wrong doing by others it does not involve her and she keeps to her place doing what she gets paid to do. How many of you blow the whistle every time you see a wrong on the job. I bet you stay clear because it does not directly involve you.
The thing I find so amusing is that everyone has stories of New Hartford's antics and illegal activity. It sounds as if a firing squad should be formed made up of taxpayers. Can anyone answer the question WHY there is not a full investigation underway by an outside agency, federal or state? Documented facts as alleged can be investigated and there are such agencies that would eat this up so don't cry cover up all the way up through state and federal agencies.
You want this poor lady to give up her job and be a rat. Why don't you the people with all the knowledge and accusations take the duck by the bill and venture forth. When its all said and done she will not be the one behind bars I assure you.
Those of you who fire personal attacks on her should zip it. You can attack her job but you know not the lady. I assume many inappropriate comments come from your personal experiences with your significant others. Remember not everyone is as dirty as you and yours. The planet Earth does harbor some good people and she is one of them.
NHPD

Reno, NV

#22 Feb 4, 2009
Bang Bang
Carol for President

Oneida, NY

#23 Feb 4, 2009
Tony wrote:
You should know that in order to successfully bring charges against a public official, corroborating evidence is of utmost importance. If Ms Fairbrother knows something she has an obligation and responsibility to the taxpayers and the community as a whole, to bring it forward. We are dealing with the public trust and public dollars here, not a private corporation.
How do you know that an investigation hasn't begun?
Would Ms. Fairbrother have an obligation to come forward if she had corroborating evidence of a public official she worked for who was involved in child pornography or a prostitution ring?
Where do you draw the line?
Many cases that the FED's pursue are made solid by insiders who are willing to testify. Otherwise it would be very difficult to prosecute them. You should know that! If Ms. Fairbrother knows something then she has an obligation and responsibilty to come forward. Otherwise she's part of the problem.
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From what I can tell 99% of the employees in NH know whats going on. I do agree with about her whistle blowing obligations but the other regular employees and department heads including the police are also bound by these. The only answer is to dissolve NH and start over again. If she is guilty of something then they are all guilty of something either directly or by turning a blind eye to the problems as you have indicated.
Come now they have a police department by all indications that is top notch. Do they see anything going on that is illegal? What are their obligations to the public regarding crime white/blue collar in addition to street crime?
Why put it all on this poor lady she is just doing like all the others trying to get along.

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