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Comptroller investigates Troy Housing Authority

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The State Comptroller’s office has released a report that claims two former officials at the Troy Housing Authority received more than $200,000 in illegal payments. Our Solomon Syed joined us from the newsroom with more.

TROY, N.Y. -- The state comptroller's office is accusing two former Troy Housing Authority officials of taking home more than $200,000 in illegal payments.

According to Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli's office, former THA Acting Comptroller Roger Rosenthal and Executive Secretary William Meissner set up a scheme in which Rosenthal collected about $207,000 in salary from 2006 to 2010.

DiNapoli's office said Rosenthal did most of the so-called work from his second home in Florida and he was already collecting a $47,000 pension from New York State from his retirement in 2005.

Under New York State law, you can't earn more than $30,000 as a retired public employee unless approved by the Civil Service Commission.

Meanwhile, the comptroller's office says Meissner cashed more than $30,000 in leave time, even though in one instance he was at his daughter's wedding in the Caribbean.

Meissner was fired back in 2010. Rosenthal was let go at the same time.

Current Executive Secretary Dan Crawley released a statement to YNN saying, "We are moving forward and have cleaned up our finances. We do everything as prescribed by New York State Law, the Office of Housing and Urban Development and the U.S. Constitution. There's been a shadow over the Troy Housing Authority for the last 20 years with some of our officials going to prison. We have cleaned house and continue to move forward with our goal of providing affordable, safe housing."

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