longo lawsuit filed in the wrong court
Posted in the Utica Forum
#1 Aug 19, 2013
its the Civil Service Commission fault not the city of uticas the Civil Service Commission gave labella the wrong test? and he was hired based on that test ,, now their was a fraud somewhere because someone knew he took the wrong test and that person was at fault also
#2 Aug 19, 2013
He applied for and took the test that he chose to take. The Civil Service provides the different tests for people to take for that person's individual plans. Tests are available for police departments of all different sizes. How does the Civil Service know if he wanted to be police chief of a 10 man department or a 200 man one? That's up to the individual who signs up to take the test, to take the proper one for their needs. I heard he took the one he did for a smaller department, because he was unable to pass the test for a department of UPD size, which is a tougher test. He thought he'd pull a fast one and get away with it. Know what you are talking about!!!!!
#3 Aug 19, 2013
wrong their was only one position filed and reported to the public and that was a test to be upd chief no other tests where scheduled know and learn what you are talking about ... it was The Civil Service provides fault and this was knowledge from the start and the longos knew The Civil Service provides was at fault its not our fault they didn't sue them they are suing the wrong unit city this is a state lawsuit not the citys because the state runs The Civil Service
#4 Aug 19, 2013
Nobody is going to let you scumholes weasel out of it. Hope you have a decent realtor!
#5 Aug 20, 2013
As I previously stated: He took the test for a smaller ( NY Mills PD ) which was EASIER, by his own choice, and was not forced to by Civil Service. But test WAS NOT FOR UPD !!!!!!!!!!
Daniel LaBella becomes permanent Utica Police Chief
By By ANDREW DONOVAN
UTICA, N.Y.(WKTV)- Mayor David Roefaro officially announced that Daniel LaBella will become Utica's official and permanent Chief of Police. LaBella has been holding the position on an interim basis since May of 2008 and, until Tuesday, was also the city's public safety commissioner.
LaBella had only planned on being the police chief on an interim basis, but has changed his opinion on that as of late.
LaBella will earn about $100,000 a year in his role. The position of public safety commissioner will be eliminated. LaBella's appointment will expire when he turns 70 years old.
LaBella said the operations of the Utica Police Department should not be left on one person's shoulders and there needs to be teamwork to protect the city. He said, "I can only say that I guarantee you good things are going to happen within the city. We are on the road to success in combating crime in our city."
Also in the running had been the department's deputy chiefs, Mark Williams and Michael Bailey.
Some people question LaBella's credentials and if he is an appropriate choice for the police chief title, also being a long time personal friend of Mayor Roefaro. Mayor Roefaro said, "Crime is down, the police department is at the top of it's game. It's not about that, it's about doing the job that he set out to do, being able to do the job, he is at the top of his game and he is the police chief because of his credentials and nothing else."
After Utica's previous chief C. Allen Pylman resigned in May of 2008, LaBella was named interim Chief. During that same stretch, two deputy chiefs retired. Following the department shakeup back in 2008, here is what LaBella told NewsChannel 2.
"...We have lost our top level command staff...the chief and two Deputy Chiefs. right now the department needs stability. it needs longevity. and we hope to accomplish that by having a permanent civil service chief," LaBella said.
The exam is just one of the factors considered when naming a person to the position of chief - a decision that ultimately rests with Utica Mayor David Roefaro - LaBella's current boss, longtime friend, and the man who appointed him Commissioner of Public Safety after terminating former Public Safety Commissioner Phil Taurisano, after taking office.
Mayor Roefaro can appoint a chief from the top three scores on the civil service exam.
LaBella passed the exam by four points. The reason he was able to take the test, according to LaBella and Mayor Roefaro was due to the actions of the Village of New York Mills.
Following the retirement of Police Chief Brad Frankland, the Village asked Oneida County to hold a Civil Service test, which opened the door for LaBella to join others vying for Utica's seat.
LaBella also resigned his position as an Oneida County Legislator. Oneida County Executive Anthony Picente says the county's charter states he must replace the vacated position with someone affiliated with the same party as the predecessor, in this case being a Democrat.
#6 Aug 20, 2013
--But, didn't Dan take the "test" on a different day, not the date it was officially scheduled due to some imagined illness? Something like a couple, two tree days later.
I've taken some civil service tests in the past, and the only way you would be allowed to schedule a test on a different date than what was scheduled, was due to religious observance. I think this still remains the case. If so .... it sounds as if Dan violated a number of the rules ..... seems even more fishy.
#7 Aug 20, 2013
You may be right. Something like that does sound familiar. He still only passed by 4 points, and maybe got a heads up on some of the questions if he did take it later. Typical for the Utica regime, all the way around.
#8 Aug 20, 2013
The Civil Service Commission in ALBANY ruled that Labella was wrongly appointed police chief because the test ARE different. Two different depts., 2 different sizes and responsibilities. Roefaro & Labella did pull a fast one. And what was Labella's score on the NY Mills test? It was a 74% or within a few points of that. I can't blame Labella for feathering his nest but he was NOT the best candidate for the job. And when he was chief, I'm sure his buddy filed the state waiver that allowed him to collect his UPD pension, like Pylman did and another useless UPD pos, Al Candido, Pissente's personal chief of staff/bodyguard.
#9 Aug 20, 2013
‘We remain supportive’
Other questions arose last year about LaBella’s path to the chief’s job.
Instead of taking the New York Mills exam on the day it was scheduled, he took it alone and three days later than others, saying he was ill and a high fever on the original test date. His cardiologist signed the doctor's note that allowed him to do so.
Read more: http://www.uticaod.com/news/x1689204058/State...
#10 Aug 20, 2013
Candito a "bodyguard" that's a good one. He'd be the first one to get dropped into a hole what's he going to do to protect himself on his last day? Nothing. Too hilarious! Who's protecting the Mayor a crip in a wheelchair? Ha!
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