Following an investigation, the Schoharie County Board majority released a report detailing allegations of discrimination from some top county government officials. YNN's Erin Vannella reports.
SCHOHARIE COUNTY, N.Y. -- "What little I read, I absolutely categorically refute," said Schoharie County Treasurer Bill Cherry.
Cherry says a scathing 104 page report released Thursday reveals more fiction than fact.
"Schoharie County Board of Supervisors hired Fitzmaurice and Walsh a law firm to investigate whether in fact there was harassment or bullying in Schoharie county, but I mean people's careers and lives and reputations will be severely damaged by this," said Cherry.
The report that board supervisors made public late Thursday cites damaging allegations from a number of county office employees about Cherry, the county public health director, Department of Public Works Commissioner and personnel director Cassandra Ethington among others for name-calling, slurs, rude behavior, expletives and more. Ethington was not available for comment.
The only board supervisor who voted not to release the report spoke to YNN.
"In the first half of the report a lot of water cooler discussion and finger pointing that in the second half of the report becomes unfounded. And unless you are privileged to the second half of that report, those allegations and character assassinations could very well lead to lawsuits," said Schoharie County Board Supervisor Gene Milone.
Instead, county office employees wait, concerned to learn what's true and what's not, and what could be the repercussions. For Cherry, the damage he says, is already done.
"If there's evidence of someone breaking the law in county government of course it should be public, but unless you've got documented evidence that i ever mistreated a female employee, than they better get ready to get sued," said Cherry.
No timeline has been issued as to when the second part of the report will be released.