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The Town of Elba supervisor says the procedure for handling scrap metal sales has been tightened-up.
This, after the state comptroller’s office found nearly $4,486 worth of questionable transactions on the part of former Elba highway superintendent Alan Totten.
Totten, according to the auditor, used proceeds from scrap metal sales to buy a flat screen TV, a coffee maker and popcorn popper for the highway department.
Town Supervisor Lucinne Kaufman tells WBTA the purchases were "unauthorized."
Totten has paid back most of the money he did not have authorization to use.

Fire of unknown cause destroyed a home on Broadway Rd in Darien.
A passing motorist discovered the blaze at the Diane Allison home early yesterday afternoon. Half-dozen fire departments battled the blaze.
No one was home at the time of the fire. Two pet cats fled the flames.
The investigation into the cause of the fire continues today.

A young Oakfield man has been arrested and jailed for allegedly drowning a pet cat.
22-year-old Adam Kreutz of Fisher Rd. has been charged with a felony count of Animal Cruelty.
Deputies say the cat belonged to a family member.
Kreutz was jailed in lieu of $5,000 bail.

One day after Governor Andrew Cuomo cut his pay and the salary of his top aides by five-percent, comes word that New York State paid out 439-million dollars in overtime pay last year.  In some cases, workers doubled their salary in overtime.
According to records obtained from the state Comptroller's Office, a treatment assistant at Mid-Hudson Psychiatric Center in Orange County earned 106-thousand dollars in overtime, on top of his 62-thousand-dollar annual salary. 

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo will deliver his first "State of the State" address this afternoon.  Cuomo is expected to lay out his plan to rebuild New York and has hinted at a possible freeze in state worker pay and consolidating agencies.

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