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December 17, 2012

N.Y. and U.S. Investigate Nonprofit's Hiring of Ex-Lawmaker

Federal and New York State authorities are investigating an Albany-based charity network's hiring of a former legislator who steered state grant funding to the organization, reports The Times Union.

Grants to the Altamont Program, which operates facilities for the homeless, addicts, and ex-convicts, continued after William Boyland Sr. left the N.Y. State Assembly in 2006 and was succeeded by his son, William Boyland Jr. The elder Mr. Boyland went on to work as a housing coordinator for 820 River Street, an Altamont offshoot based in Troy, N.Y., for an unspecified period.

The Boylands helped secure $1.5-million in earmarks for Altamont from 2004 to 2009. The state's attorney's office and the FBI seized records from Altamont offices in a raid last week in connection with a probe of the charity's use of grant money. Neither the elder Mr. Boyland nor Father Peter Young, the Albany priest who heads the charity, could be reached for comment.