Cecilia DowdApr 17, 2017, 8:45 pm

Former Amityville clerk, treasurer still getting paid after new mayor fired her

‘I'm not happy with the fact that I'm sitting home and tax dollars are being used to pay me,’ Dina Shingleton said

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Dina Shingleton was clerk-treasurer of Amityville Village until April 4 when she says she was told she'd lost her $97,000 a year job.

The news was a surprise because she'd been told by mayoral candidate Denis Siry that she was going to keep her job if he won. After he won the election, she lost her job.

“I had thought at the time that I would keep her,” Amityville Mayor Dennis Siry said. “But I saw a couple of other different things that happened and I changed my mind on it. You can change your mind.

Mayor Siry explained during a phone interview that he acknowledges telling Shingleton she was doing a good job but wouldn't give the reasons for his change of heart.

The job remains unfilled and nearly two weeks after she was let go, Shingleton is still getting paid. The mayor said that he hopes to find her replacement within a week.

“As a person that lives in the Village of Amityville and pays taxes here, I'm not happy with the fact that I'm sitting home and tax dollars are being used to pay me,” Shingleton said.

Although she was never given a specific reason for why she was let go, Shingleton is taking it all in stride.

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