3 people indicted in Troy mayor election scandal

TROY, N.Y. (NEWS10) – Indictments handed down last week involving the leak of a 911 tape during the Troy mayoral race last year is now bringing up public corruption allegations against Rensselaer County District Attorney Joel Abelove.

Last week, three 16 count indictments were handed down by a grand jury.

The indictments accuse former Rensselaer County Assistant DA Shane Hug, former Troy Police Detective Ronald Fountain, and former District Attorney’s Investigator Gary Gordon of stealing a 911 call from the Troy Police Department involving mayoral candidate Jim Gordon which was made public during the Troy mayoral race.

In a letter this week, Hug’s attorney Trey Smith requested DA Abelove to be taken off the case. The letter also accuses Abelove of purposely not following through on prosecuting people whom he had political ties to, and giving political favoritism to Troy Police Sgt. Tim Colaneri by allegedly granting him immunity when he testified before a grand jury in this case.

Colaneri was temporarily suspended from the Troy Police Department and Rensselaer County says Colaneri requested the copy of the 911 tape. If the allegation is true, Sgt. Colaneri cannot be charged in the case now if he was granted immunity.

DA Abelove declined to comment on this on Friday.

Hug’s attorney also declined to comment, and Jim Gordon also refused to comment on the case.

The judge did not make a ruling on whether DA Abelove will be removed from the case or not.

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