Malone, NY, Aug 02, 2012 — A week ago, it looked like the Malone-based social action agency Comlinks might close down. This week, the beleaguered organization says it will continue its work on a month-to-month basis.
Comlinks' programs were going strong just a few years ago. But in 2010 the state investigated its executive director Nancy Reich for using her Comlinks credit card on lavish items for herself: more than $100,000 on golf club memberships, flowers, wine and other items. She pleaded guilty late last year to grand larceny, but was sentenced to pay back only $1,500 of what she'd stolen. Earlier this year, Comlinks fired her replacement, Brian Cassini, as well as the Chief Financial Officer. The 2010 state audit had criticized both of them.
The Reverend Joe Selenski is the new president of the Comlinks board. He's also director of a local homeless shelter, and pastor at a community church in Malone. Selenski spoke with Julie Grant.