A high ranking member of Albany County's government was arrested. Deputy County Executive Christine Quinn is accused of illegally trying to get her hands on the drug Ritalin. Erin Vannella has more.
ALBANY COUNTY, N.Y. -- Deputy Albany County Executive Christine Quinn, 35, much to the surprise of her fellow county leaders, has been arrested and charged for attempted criminal possession of a controlled substance.
"I do work pretty close with her. No, you know, there's nothing I caught onto. She's done her job with due diligence and it's a sad time to think about her and her family right now," said Albany County Executive Dan McCoy.
District Attorney David Soares says Quinn's alleged Ritalin abuse came to light as a result of the year old I-STOP legislation that electronically monitors prescription drug use and distribution.
Soares said, "It's rather unique in the sense that a, it's the first referral under this new subdivision of this new public health law. Secondarily, this is a person who's engaged in this behavior with no collateral crime, which are factors taken in when we're talking about criminal liability and exposure."
Court documents reveal Quinn had sought to fill a new prescription from a pharmacy at 401 New Karner Road after having just filled an 84 day supply of the same drug 28 days prior from a different pharmacy.
"To be perfectly clear here, this is a person who was charged with a crime. These are allegations. She does enjoy the presumption of innocence here. The burden is on the people to make our case," Soares said.
Quinn, who pled not guilty, was arraigned in Colonie Town Court Tuesday afternoon and remains suspended from her legislative duties with pay pending the outcome of the case.
McCoy said, "My thoughts and prayers are with Ms. Quinn and her family at this time, but my responsibility is to ensure the people of Albany County continue to receive the services at the same level they've always received them. I have no reason to believe the integrity of our government or Albany County has been compromised."
Albany County Director of Operations Brad Ficsher has stepped in as acting Deputy County Executive. When asked about potential jail time for Quinn, DA Soares said diversion programs will likely be discussed, means by which a first time offender can receive counseling instead of punishment.