New Rochelle IDA Chairperson Marianne Sussman read a statement at the New Rochelle IDA Meeting tonight regarding a recent Talk of the Sound article about staffing changes at the IDA. She called the report "erroneous". After the meeting she stated that she believed the article to be defamatory.
Statement by Marianne Sussman regarding a report in Talk of the Sound on recent staffing changes in the New Rochelle IDA.
After our last meeting an Internet site published an erroneous story about staffing of our agency. The story was procured without any verification of facts with any member of the board or the city or board staff. So with no investigation it attributed totally incorrect reasons for our recent staffing changes.
For the record I will state the facts about our staffing changes. The partial reassignment of our Executive Director has no relationship whatsoever to the State Comptroller's audit report. In fact, it was determined to make change even before we received a draft of the audit report. Our Executive Director has taken on additional responsibilities in the planning office in order to cope with a staff interruption in that area of our department of development which was caused by a retirement and a maternity leave
He was assigned to responsibilities for which he has ample training and experience.
Also at our last meeting our new Commissioner of Development was appointed as Assistant Secretary of this Agency. This is in keeping with his desire to take a proactive role in economic development and the advice of the IDA's legal counsel that such a title would enable him to interface directly with this board.
I just wanted that to be on the record I think that is a situation where the information had to be corrected.
Sussamn's statement is referencing the following article: