Controversial Email Describes Deputy Clerk Position

Published 08/18 2014 04:29PM

Updated 08/18 2014 06:15PM

According to a recent message obtained by the Broome County Republican Committee, the Chair of the City of Binghamton's Democratic Committee, Marty Doorey, sent out an email about the coming vacancy of the deputy clerk position.

The clerk's last day was Friday, and the deputy is expected to take her place.

In the email, the deputy clerk's job description is given, which also details the political component of it.

A portion of the email states that the deputy is expected to participate in political activities and gather intelligence on council members and the mayor and report back to the majority on city council, which appoints the deputy clerk.

City Council Republicans say they are disappointed and concerned that Democrats would require the clerk and deputy to basically spy on council members.

They have also called on City Council President Teri Rennia to resign from her post because of the email.

Democratic Councilman Bill Berg spoke about the situation Monday afternoon. He said that Doorey has said that he had not done his homework when it came to sending out the deputy clerk's responsibilities, because there is a charter in place that defines the process.

Berg said the tone of the email has taken on a life of its own.

"To the residents of the city I want to assure you that at no time has it ever been ordered or implied to spy on members of the administration. There has not been nor will be any attempt at gathering political intelligence as it relates to the workings and functions of city council," said Berg.

Berg said Doorey will remain chair of the city's Democratic committee. Berg also said Renia will not step down.

He said the email in dispute did not come from anyone on city council and hopes that the issue can be put to rest.

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