State Engineer Praised Employer After Hurricane Irene, Then Was Forced to Retire

What has made Fayette even more upset than the forced retirement is that a representative of the state shared a detail account of Fayette's employee history and disciplinary actions on the radio on Thursday.

After the Adirondack Daily Enterprise published a story on Wednesday describing Fayette's forced retirement, Howard Glaser, Gov. Andrew Cuomo's director of state operations, was a guest on an AM radio show, "Fred Dicker Live From the State Capitol." Glaser described how Fayette used 2,400 emails "to conduct personal business," some of which were sexually explicit, and he was disciplined for "theft of service" and "falsification of time sheets."

As a state employee, Fayette's employee history is public record, but Fayette thinks Glaser's actions were "malicious."

"It was never ever my intention to embarrass the governor of our fine state," said Fayette, adding that he has met the governor previously.

With over a year between his last indiscretion and speaking with the media about Hurricane Irene, Fayette said it seemed contradictory if the straw that broke the camel's back -- speaking to the media -- was actually permissible under agency policy.

Fayette said it seemed Glaser's intent in the radio interview was "to be malicious and intent to be hurtful to me."

"They're obviously trying to make me look bad," Fayette said. "I was doing my job and working hard for people who live, work and pass through Essex County."

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