After enduring several accusations of political patronage and wrongdoing, former Legislator David Fried very quietly started his job as Sheriff James Kralik’s public safety advocate on Monday.
The $65,000-a-year position, new this year, was created by Sheriff James Kralik, a Republican, to go after grant money and build community relations. Kralik has said since the position was first discussed last year the Fried, a Democrat, was one of the candidates he was considering.
Clarkstown Police Detective Sgt. Tim O’Neill, who unsuccessfully challenged Kralik for the sheriff seat last year, charged over the summer that Kralik was going to give the job to Fried in exchange for Fried leaving the Legislature to make way for newly elected Legislator Jacques Michel, one of KralikÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s deputies. Kralik, Fried and Michel have denied any involvement in any sort of job-swapping plot.
Fried said he supplied Kralik with a resume and about 20 references. He was also called in for an interview twice. Ã¢â‚¬Å“When it comes to public safety, itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s based upon qualifications … an not on politics,Ã¢â‚¬? Fried said yesterday.
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