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Weaver files discrimination complaint against county

Weaver files discrimination complaint against county

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Warren County's recently arrested social services commissioner has filed a discrimination complaint with the state Human Rights Division against the county, alleging she was targeted because of her Native American heritage.

Several sources in county government confirmed the complaint was filed shortly after Commissioner Sheila Weaver was arrested Aug. 4.

They said they could not discuss it publicly, saying it was not a public document as of this week and that county Administrator/Attorney Paul Dusek had advised them not to discuss it. Several supervisors said they were not aware of the complaint, however.

Queensbury Supervisor Dan Stec, chairman of the county Board of Supervisors, would not confirm nor deny the complaint, simply saying "No comment," when asked about the matter.

Dusek has not returned repeated phone calls on the issue last week and this week, and had not responded to a Freedom of Information Law request for documents on the matter. The request was made Friday, and the county has five business days to respond.

It was unclear what discrimination Weaver is alleging occurred. She did not return a phone call on the issue Tuesday.

Weaver claims to be a Native American and operates an Indian-themed lodge called Spirit Bear Lodge with her live-in boyfriend in Warrensburg. She calls herself "Little Thunder Bear" on the business' website.

"Recently, I discovered my Mohawk heritage which is awakening as I am recognizing what has always been part of me," her biography on the website reads.

A hearing before the agency is scheduled for next week, a source familiar with the matter said. The date was not available.

Leticia Theodore-Greene, a deputy commissioner with the agency, said she could not confirm nor deny whether a complaint had been filed as of Tuesday.

She said the agency's complaint process requires that a hearing must be held before a complaint can be made public, if there was one filed.

Weaver was charged with two felonies and three misdemeanors Aug. 4 for allegedly changing and falsifying documents to help her boyfriend and two men staying at their home get public assistance.

She faces counts of forgery, offering a false instrument for filing and official misconduct.

Weaver, who has been with the county about three years, was placed on paid administrative leave from her $79,184-a-year job after her arrest.

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