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"We seem to be faced with many ghosts from the past."
- Joseph Selenski, ComLinks board president

Wracked by controversy, ComLinks intends to close

A once powerful social services agency in the North Country is now headed towards closing its doors. ComLinks, based in Malone, says attempts to survive years of theft and mismanagement appear to have failed.

As recently as three weeks ago, Comlinks was talking with local lawmakers and making plans to start over as a grassroots not-for-profit. But board president Joe Selenski says it turns out there's just too much to overcome.  Go to full article

ComLinks blasted in state audit; DA investigation urged

A state audit is slamming the management of one of the North Country's largest non-profit social service agencies. A Comptroller's report released yesterday claims that ComLinks, headquartered in Malone, has suffered for years from mismanagement and nepotism.

The audit also alleges that former ComLinks CEO Nancy Reich diverted nearly $100,000 in funds for her private use.  Go to full article

ComLinks CEO suspended

The embattled CEO of a Malone-based not-for-profit has been suspended pending the outcome of an internal investigation. The specific allegations against Nancy Reich of ComLinks aren't being revealed, but employees of the organization accused her of inappropriate behavior in a published report this week. The case is the latest in a series of troubles for ComLinks, one of the region's leading social service agencies. Chris Knight reports.  Go to full article

ComLinks housing project in North Creek will stay open

ComLinks has announced that an affordable housing project in North Creek will keep its doors open after all. Peaceful Valley Townhouses, a 20-unit housing development, has been plagued by legal disputes and cost overruns that have been costing the nonprofit an estimated $20,000 a month. Jacob Resneck has details.  Go to full article

Comlinks employees vote to unionize

After months of turmoil, employees at the non-profit organization ComLinks have voted to unionize. The Malone-based agency is one of the region's largest independent social service providers. Friday's vote follows news that the organization's CEO was improperly reimbursed by her agency for campaign contributions made to various politicians. Jacob Resneck reports.  Go to full article

ComLinks faces more turmoil

One of the North Country's biggest non-profit agencies faces more turmoil this week. ComLinks, based in Malone, provides regional housing, home heating, and food assistance. On Friday, ComLinks fired two of its top administrators. Now the organization's board is considering a plan that would close a subsidized housing project in North Creek. Jacob Resneck has details.  Go to full article
ComLinks CEO Nancy Reich (second from right) with Sen. Clinton (Source:  Nancie Battaglia)
ComLinks CEO Nancy Reich (second from right) with Sen. Clinton (Source: Nancie Battaglia)

ComLinks employees call for resignation of CEO

Employees at Com Links, one of the region's leading social service agencies, say the not-for-profit organization is in crisis. Staff-members signed a petition earlier this month calling for removal of the group's long-time CEO, Nancy Reich. They point to deepening financial problems and to a series of personnel disputes, including a controversy surrounding a sexual harassment case. But as independent producer Jacob Resneck reports, the president of ComLinks' board of directors says he still has confidence in Reich's leadership.  Go to full article

ComLinks plans housing project in Lake Placid

A Malone-based community service agency is in the early stages of planning a large affordable housing project in Lake Placid. ComLinks is looking at the feasibility of adding 40-units on ten acres near two existing projects on West Valley Road. As Chris Knight reports, the agency plans to meet with local officials and residents of the community to discuss the plans.  Go to full article

"Change A Light Bulb Day" offers energy savings and seminars

Aubuchon's Hardware is partnering with United Way and Comlinks to offer 'Change A Light Bulb Day.' Selected Aubuchons will be selling low-wattage Energy Star light bulbs and giving energy saving seminars. Monday's seminar is in Malone, with other seminars next week in Saranac Lake and Tupper Lake.

Jim Britell is energy manager for the not-for-profit Comlinks in Franklin County, one of the event sponsors. He says that this is just one small example of how local non-profits and churches across the North Country are stepping up efforts this year on public education...and forging partnerships with local businesses. He told Gregory Warner that in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, local safety net organizations have three reasons to act with new urgency.

Change A Light Bulb Day energy saving seminars will be held from 5-6 Monday evening at Aubuchon's in Malone, Tuesday evening in Saranac Lake, and Wednesday evening at the T-L Shopping Center in Tupper Lake. Malone on Monday, Saranac Lake on Tuesday, and Tupper Lake on Wednesday.  Go to full article
Nathalie Leduc, Nancy Reich & Sen. Clinton (Source:  Nancie Battaglia)
Nathalie Leduc, Nancy Reich & Sen. Clinton (Source: Nancie Battaglia)

New Women?s Crisis Shelter Opens In Southern Franklin County

Women and children in southern Franklin county have a new refuge if they're suffering from domestic violence. An organization called Comlinks unveiled a safe house on Sunday that will offer emergency shelter. In the past, women were forced to drive fifty miles.As Brian Mann reports, advocates say the home will offer families a chance to start over away from the threat of abuse and intimidation.  Go to full article

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