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EX-HEALTH CHIEF FACES PETIT LARCENY CHARGE

Dr. Barbara DeBuono, the former state health commissioner, has been charged with petit larceny on allegations of taking items worth $8.66 from a supermarket.

The charge against DeBuono, who made $152,000 a year as New York's health commissioner, will be dismissed in six months if she does not get into further trouble.

Colonie Town Police arrested DeBuono, now chief executive officer of Presbyterian Healthcare Network in New York City, Saturday. According to court papers, she took a package of goat cheese, hot dog rolls, two packets of carrots and dip, and two bagels.

DeBuono, who until last fall was one of Gov. Pataki's top aides, was unavailable to comment Thursday.

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