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Two city employees pleaded guilty Wednesday to charges that they bilked the city out of overtime last year for work at the City Animal Shelter.

Diane Banyi, 36, and Gary Galanti, 50, entered their pleas before acting State Supreme Court Justice Joseph P. McCarthy to misdemeanor charges for illegally collecting more than $2,700 in overtime pay between July 1998 and last March. Both agreed to resign from as animal shelter aides.

Banyi, a Buffalo resident, made complete restitution of $1,128.60 in court Wednesday and told the judge she was resigning later that day. Galanti, an Angola resident who has worked for the city government for 32 years, told the judge he will resign by the end of the week.

Both were released on their own recognizance pending sentencing Dec. 14.

Court officials said Galanti could receive a jail term of up to two years on his guilty plea to misdemeanor charges of attempted grand larceny, falsification of business records and offering a false instrument for filing.

Banyi faces a possible one-year jail term on her guilty plea to falsifying business records. The two were suspended without pay several months ago.

District Attorney Frank J. Clark and prosecutor John C. Doscher said the pay scam was discovered in April by Kelly McCartney, the director of the animal shelter for the past year.

Galanti was identified by court officials as a dog-control officer and longtime shelter employee and Banyi, who worked at the pound for about 18, was described as a laborer.

Banyi is related through marriage to both Mayor Masiello's chief of staff Vincent J. LoVallo and LoVallo's wife, Sharon who is a senior prosecutor on Clark's staff.

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