County documents show that on October 13th last year Republican election commissioner Pam Mandryck filed paperwork to become democrat. Fast forward a month later and Oneida County held elections which Ms. Mandryck certified. The county says Ms. Mandryck officially became a democrat on November 13th and therefore should have vacated her position. Mandryck stayed through the 31st of December and now the county is saying she was wrongfully compensated.
Oneida County Executive Anthony Picente says, "According to state election law that took place a week after the election and that made it very clear that she had vacated her position in terms of her party affiliation yet remained there and knowing full well that she shouldn't have been."
However Ms. Mandryck says that's not the case. She says her term was through the end of last year and she worked until that day.
Mandryck says, "I stayed, I did my job through the 31st of December. I didn't not show up to work, I did what I needed to do. I was still the Republican Commissioner until that rollover took effect and so therefore their claim that I served illegally is specially false."
Mandryck says she switched her party affiliation in order to accept her new position as the minority analyst. But the county is saying Ms. Mandryck was compensation through salary and benefits that she shouldn't have received.
Still, Ms. Mandryck says she doesn't feel she cheated taxpayers in any way. "No I don't, no. I can in good conscience sit here and tell you that I didn't cheat anybody out of anything, absolutely not, absolutely not."