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September 24, 2013

Mayor Dyster's brother-in-law's company awarded contract for golf course work

Mayor Paul Dyster’s brother-in-law's company has been awarded a pesticide contract for the city’s golf course.

Last week the council unanimously approved a contract worth $12,250 for Turf USA Lawn Care to apply pesticides at the city’s golf course in what Department of Public Works Director Dave Kinney described as an emergency situation.

The city’s former arborist and horticulturist has applied the pesticides in years past, but he retired suddenly in August leaving Kinney with no staff members that hold certifications required by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation to apply pesticides, as is required by law.

“I have nobody on staff who can put those chemicals down,” Kinney said.

Kinney’s staff contacted Turf USA Lawn Care because they have a good reputation in the area.

The director did not know that Charles Calabro, the owner of the lawn care company, is related to Dyster by marriage – Calabro’s brother is married to the mayor’s wife Becky Dyster’s sister – until a Gazette reporter asked him about a possible conflict of interest on Monday.

“We reached out to Turf USA because I knew he had the qualifications,” Kinney said. “I had no idea.”

Calabro did not return calls seeking comment Monday.

Kinney said he needed to act quickly, as the pesticides are necessary in proper care for the golf course and failure to put them down could mean terrible conditions for next year’s season.

“You lose the greens, you ain’t getting them back,” he said.

And if DPW went out to bid for the work it would take weeks, if not months, for a contractor to be selected, Kinney said.

"We've spent a lot of money on this golf course and I needed someone to get in there quick," he said.

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