Peter Young COO accused of stealing state funds

Posted at: 07/30/2014 10:42 AM
Updated at: 07/30/2014 6:21 PM
By: Bill Lambdin

SCHENECTADY - A key member of the Peter Young Foundation is facing more than a dozen felony charges.

Jacquelyn Gentile, 57, of Voorheesville pleaded not guilty to grand larceny and 14 lesser charges Wednesday.

Gentile is the chief operating officer of 820 River Street, a subsidiary of Peter Young Housing.

She's accused of misusing more than $1 million dollars in state money to cover deficits for the non-profit drug treatment and training organizations and to pay employee salaries, including her own.

"Every single penny that was gotten from the State of New York, from the taxpayers, was used to benefit the homelss, ex-convicts and to get people back into society," insisted her lawyer, Andrew Safranko.

This is just the latest in a series of criminal complaints involving organizations run by the 83-year-old priest, the Rev. Peter Young. Years of investigation have brought guilty pleas from four other officials, according to the attorney general's office.

There have been no charges brought against Young, who was in court for Gentile's arraignment. He continues to stand by her.

"She's a person of integrity," Young told reporters. "She's a winner."

Gentile is also accused of signing time sheets for the father of then-Assemblyman William Boyland Jr. Investigators say that channeled $50,000 to Boyland Sr. for a no-show job. The younger Boyland had arranged for $1.5 million in state money that was supposed to provide drug treatment and rehabilitation in Brooklyn.

NewsChannel 13 should point out that the attorney general's office investigated both Jacqueline Gentile and Troy Police Officer Brian Gross.

However, the attorney general was not at either of Wednesday’s proceedings.

Eric Schneiderman e-mailed us a video clip of his comments.

This means we were not able to ask him about anything related to these two cases or anything else including the Moreland Commission.