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Former Auburn BID Leader Accused of Bullying and Absenteeism

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Stephanie DeVito, a former Auburn official and current Cayuga County legislator, faces accusations of bullying, absenteeism, and misuse of funds during her tenure as executive director of the Auburn Downtown Business Improvement District.

The Citizen reports that complaints from colleagues led to an investigation that found she created a toxic work environment and neglected her duties.

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The BID board hired a consultant to investigate the allegations last October. The investigation revealed that DeVito worked as few as three to five hours a week, used her position for personal gain, and spent BID funds without proper oversight.

Despite being placed on a performance improvement plan in December, DeVito resigned in March after failing to meet the plan’s requirements.

DeVito denied the accusations.