By Brendan J. Lyons
Albany County Comptroller Michael Conners on Monday said his office has been blocked from interviewing 15 county employees as part of an investigation into allegations that county workers on the government payroll were assisting county Executive Daniel McCoy's 2015 re-election campaign.
Conners, who is leaving office at the end of December after serving six terms as comptroller, has been engaged in a months-long battle with McCoy's administration over Conners' efforts to ferret out the allegations of "seldom-show jobs" — and assertions from unnamed "whistleblowers" who Conners said had confirmed a systemic practice of county employees performing campaign work during regular business hours.
The work by Conners' office has included hiring a forensic auditing firm that reviewed millions of payroll records, he said, including comparing time and attendance records to campaign-related emails sent through county servers or using private email accounts.
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