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Quinn keeps salary, takes new job in Albany County

ALBANY -- Former Albany County Deputy County Executive, Christine Quinn, is back to work in a different position but with her old salary.

Over two months, 10 weeks, after taking a leave from her job following an arrest and charges she obtained Ritalin prescriptions illegally, Quinn is back to work for Albany County as the PIO of the Division of Information Services.

Quinn will oversee Albany County's IT services, said a spokesman for Albany County Executive Dan McCoy.

Quinn will keep her salary of $111,000, the same one she had when she left her position for leave. During the 10 weeks Quinn used up much of her vacation and sick time to be able to still collect a check. During that span Quinn collected $21,382, according to numbers from the county comptroller's office.

Some Albany County Legislator's are upset over County Executive Dan McCoy's decision to bring Quinn back before her charges play out. Timothy Nichols, D- Latham, said Monday he and other legislators will question if Quinn's $111,000 salary should stay a line item in the budget.

"The message it sends to our community is if you're politically connected, you get charged with a felony drug arrest, it is OK," Nichols said Monday.

In response to the hiring, and the criticism from legislators, Director of Communications for the the Albany County Executive's office, Mary Rozak, said "our office is not going to comment on (Mrs. Quinn's) issues outside of work. Her leave had nothing to do with her performance (as Deputy County Executive)Mrs. Quinn is qualified for this job."