Exley Claims Threats To Her Job

By WBNG News

July 22, 2010 Updated Sep 17, 2007 at 9:25 AM EDT

The Broome County Republican chair says she's being pushed out.

And now Sharon Exley tells Action News her job with the county is also being threatened.

Exley has a lot to say about who she says is really in control of the local Republican party.

Broome County Republican Chair Sharon Exley says she's fed up.

Exley is now speaking out about who she says is really controlling the Republican party, staff members of state senator Thomas Libous.

"It has a lot to do with money, and people doing what they're told without questioning," she said.

Exley says the staff members can boost the party and local candidates, with money from the Libous campaign fund.

Last month she met with two Republican Party members, and Libous staffers.

Bijoy Datta, an aide to Libous, and Bob Nielsen, who is Chief of Staff for Senator Libous.

Exley says during the meeting she was threatened over her job as a deputy Broome County clerk.

"I was told that I was a lousy deputy clerk, and if I was smart I should just quit my job, or I should be fired," Exley said.

Exley also has this email, which quotes Nielsen as saying "If you can't get along with younger people like Bijoy Datta, then that could be a problem for you at the Party and at the County Clerk's Office."

Exley takes that as a threat to her job.

Nielsen and Datta were not available for an interview, but released this statement: "It's completely false and even defamatory for her to claim, without having any proof, that we ever threatened her."

Exley regrets having to deal with the whole situation.

"When I should be using my time to help our candidates get elected, is absolutely insane," she said.

Exley took over the chairmanship 4 months ago.

Conklin Supervisor Debbie Preston is challenging her for a full term.

A vote will happen later this month.

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