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Alden hearing to air misconduct allegations

The Alden Town Board will hold a public hearing to air allegations that Building Inspector Frank Trybuskiewicz has failed to perform his duties and violated the town's ethics code.

The hearing will be held at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 29 in Town Hall.

Trybuskiewicz is serving a 30-day unpaid leave of absence while the Town Board addresses a number of allegations against him.

"He was engaged in doing construction and then he would inspect his own work," Supervisor Ron Smith said. "Obviously, this is a conflict of interest."

Trybuskiewicz was not present during Tuesday's board meeting, when the date for the hearing was set.

The town alleges that: Places of assembly, such as restaurants and schools, were not inspected for fire safety; a mini storage unit on Broadway was issued a building permit before the contingent issues were met; BNH Auto on Two Rod Road was issued a certificate of occupancy without the final site plan ever being accepted by Town Engineer Michael Metzger; and a multiple-dwelling unit was never inspected for fire safety.

In all, Smith said, only three inspections were performed in 2006, leaving a backlog of 20 inspections.

Trybuskiewicz has a right to a public hearing under the Civil Service Law and has retained a lawyer.

"During the hearing, the Town Board will have the opportunity to issue formal findings," said Town Attorney Jennifer Strong. However, Trybuskiewicz will be given the opportunity to appeal.

The ultimate reprimand for Trybuskiewicz would end his term as the town's building inspector. Lesser disciplinary steps would include demotion in grade and title, further suspension without pay or a fine.

Trybuskiewicz could not be reached to comment, but his attorney, Andrew Fleming, said the charges are without merit.

"He has been a respectable and good building inspector for a number of years without incident," Fleming said. "He has put in a number of requests in the past for assistance. He has been wearing two to four different hats on behalf of the town. He is a good and decent man, and we intend to defend him rigorously."

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