Buffalo, N.Y. - The sister-in-law of Erie County Republican Chairman Nick Langworthy has a new patronage job at the Erie County Water Authority.
Last summer Langworthy's sister-in-law, Amy Garcia, was hired as a secretary to the Authority's Executive Director at a salary of $55,000 a year.
The secretary job is a civil service position and so Garcia had to take a test to keep the job.
Garcia took the test in February. The results of the test came out last month and 2 On Your Side has learned that Garcia flunked it.
That meant she was going to be out of a job unless the authority's three commissioners found her something else.
And we've learned that's exactly what has happened.
Last Monday, Garcia was appointed to a vacant messenger position at the authority at a salary of $37,500 a year.
The job is non-civil service, so it didn't have to be advertised.
And what exactly does a messenger do?
According to the authority's job description, "a messenger delivers and picks up mail, payrolls, messages, papers, supplies and equipment to and from County departments."
Because the job is not a civil service position, Garcia will not have to take a test in order to keep it.
The newest commissioner, Chris O'Brien, voted against giving the messenger's job to Garcia, but he was out-voted by the other two commissioners.
None of the three commissioners would talk to 2 On Your Side about the hiring.