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Comlinks food distribution warehouse in Malone

Comlinks to close for good on Saturday

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A once powerful social services agency in the North Country will close its doors for good on Saturday. ComLinks is based in Malone. President Joe Selenski says attempts to survive years of theft and mismanagement have failed.

The Adirondack Daily Enterprise reports that board members decided there was no way to make it financially viable, and shutting down the organization was their only option.

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Selenski tells the Enterprise that Comlinks has done wonderful work over the past 20 years, but it was just it little too deep in the hole, and they had to pull the plug to avoid hurting more people.

ComLinks was founded in 1965 as part of President Johnson's War on Poverty. It owned and operated low-income housing units throughout the North Country, and had programs to provide food, heating assistance, help to victims of domestic violence, and start-up loans for small businesses.

The agency was racked by controversy under former director Nancy Reich. She pleaded guilty to grand larceny for using the agency credit card to buy herself more than $100,000 dollars in items, including wine, flowers, and golf club memberships.

According to the newspaper, all of ComLinks' services have been successfully transferred to other organizations. Comlinks' assets still need to be liquidated and its equipment needs to be sold off.
Selenski says Comlinks' will pay off as much of its debt as possible.

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