It has been nearly nine months since Anthony Magnetto has been Troy’s Police Commissioner, and there have been reports that he is considering retirement. YNN's Innae Park spoke with him.
TROY, N.Y. -- It was a contentious hire in the city of Troy this past year. The decision to establish a police commissioner was strongly opposed by Republicans and supporters of Chief John Tedesco.
It has now been close to nine months since Anthony Magnetto has been the commissioner, and there have been reports that he is considering retirement.
However, Commissioner Magnetto told YNN he didn’t want to address the issue at all because he felt it was a non-issue.
The long-time veteran of the Troy police department jokingly said that he "considers retirement every day," and that the statement he made to local reporters was simply to say that he will take a look at his options at the one-year mark.
His one year mark would be February of 2014, as the city hired him as a part-time commissioner with a total pay of $30,000 this past February.
Mayor Lou Rosamilia admitted that while he and the Chief worked well together, they didn’t always see eye-to-eye on things. As a result, he felt the department needed a change.
Rosamilia said the commissioner had not mentioned the possibility of retirement to him, and thus far, he's been pleased with Magnetto's work. “I think it's been very positive,” said the Mayor. “I think it's helped the morale of the officers. Tony worked all these years with the individuals and worked up through the ranks. I know he has a lot of respect from the officers that are working also in the command force.”
We reached out to the PBA for comment, but didn't hear back.
Rosamilia says Magnetto's decision to add more people to the Special Operations Section has led to greater arrests.
His workload seems to exceed the part-time hours that he was expected to fulfill, according to the Mayor.
If Magnetto were to decide to return to retirement, Rosamilia said he would still keep the position open and begin looking for a replacement.