There has been controversy surrounding the hiring of Police Commissioner Anthony Magnetto. As YNN's Innae Park reports, an attorney for Troy Police Chief John Tedesco could sue the city over the hiring.
TROY, N.Y. -- "I think it's time I stood up for my rights," said Troy Police Chief John Tedesco.
He said he is not budging. In a letter to the city from his attorney Brian Premo, he calls for the elimination of the Police Commissioner position.
"If you don't like the fire chief or the police chief, then fire them. But they don't have grounds to do that, so they effectively dismissed me by failing to allow me to do my job," Tedesco said.
According to Premo, the appointment of Troy Police Commissioner Anthony Magnetto is unlawful because the city charter. The charter only allows for a public safety commissioner to oversee all emergency departments, not just the police department.
"There has been a precedent set. There has been a police commissioner in Troy without a public safety commissioner and we follow that precedent," said Ian Silverman, City of Troy Corporation Counsel.
Silverman said the claims have no merit, including the claim by Tedesco that his right to free speech was violated.
"We talk a lot about chain of command, and the top of the chain of command in the city is the Mayor. When you become insubordinate, that becomes an issue," noted Silverman.
Troy Mayor Lou Rosamilia said it's too early to determine a course of action, but if communication is what the chief wants, he's already had it.
"I have no problem speaking with the Chief. Commissioner Magnetto is in position to speak with him on a daily basis. He includes him in intel meetings, command officer meetings. That's why I'm a little surprised," said Mayor Rosamilia.
The Chief said that isn't enough though.
"I don't want to sue the citizens of Troy and cost them. But I'm not going to be pushed out of here. I'm going to fight for the right to do my job," said Tedesco.
The city has not said if it will definitely meet with the Chief to address his letter, and the Chief said he didn't impose a timeline. However, he said if he does not hear from the city within two weeks, he plans to sue.