State official fired for harassment a year ago still gets $136K

March 14, 2019 - 6:45 pm

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) -- A former top official at a New York agency fired 10 months ago over sexual harassment complaints is still making $136,000 a year as a state employee.

Jay Kiyonaga was let go last May by the Office for People with Developmental Disabilities after investigators documented what they called "reprehensible" and sexually inappropriate conduct going back several years.

State employment rules allowed Kiyonaga to return to a previous job at another agency - one which investigates mistreatment of disabled people.

Officials there said Thursday that Kiyonaga is suspended and does no work, but that they're legally obligated to pay his salary during his termination proceedings.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo's office says he supports making it easier to fire bad employees.

Phone and email messages requesting comment were sent to Kiyonaga.