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Marty Finneran, Boyfriend of Astorino’s Mother-In-Law, Paid $93,000 As Administrator For Special Operations

Nepotism At Top of County Government In Westchester County

As we get closer to the elections in November there are more allegations of nepotism coming straight out of the County Executives office.

Astorino has pounced on the Democrats over Governor Cuomo’s possible interference over his own anti-corruption panel now has the finger pointed back at him for dealing in nepotism and hypocrisy.

It has been reported by the New York Post, that Marty Finneran, the 49-year-old boyfriend of Astorino’s mother in law, Philomena McCoskey, is the administrator for special operations in the Westchester Public Safety Department.

According to county documents, the job description for Finneran’s post says potential candidates for the job should have either several Federal Emergency Management Agency training certificates or a bachelor’s degree with law-enforcement credits or background.

The Post reported that Finneran was an auxiliary cop in the NYPD’s 34th Precinct in Washington Heights from 1985 to 1990. Before he was hired, he previously worked in building maintenance for a 400-unit housing complex.

Westchester Legislator Ken Jenkins (D) has called for the county’s Department of Human Resources to investigate if the hiring of Astorino’s in-laws boyfriend; if it was improper, and whether he has the qualifications for the job.

“Astorino is talking about corruption and he’s putting his mother-in-law’s boyfriend on the payroll?” Jenkins asked

“Marty Finneran works with Rob’s security detail. Those are the people charged with keeping the county executive and his family safe. It makes perfect sense that he’d choose someone for the job that he trusts completely. He’s a great worker,” said Astorino campaign spokesman Bill O’Reilly.

“Being a maintenance man and an auxiliary cop does not qualify someone for special operations in Public Safety,”said Damon K. Jones, New York Representative, Blacks in Law Enforcement of America.

O’Reilly also noted that Finneran holds the job on a “provisional” basis — meaning he doesn’t become “official” or permanent until he passes a Civil Service exam.

“Special details like personal security for the CE a should be reserved for the best of the best on the force, not a guy that was a maintenance man and he hasn’t even passed the test, really?”, said Jones.

“If you say you’re going to clean up Albany, you should start cleaning up your own closet first. Rules aren’t supposed to be bent or broken to take care of someone. This is clearly a patronage job for a family relative who is not qualified for the job,” said Jenkins

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