Mountain Lake mum on administrators

PORT HENRY - Officials at Mountain Lake Services have declined to discuss administrative changes at the Port Henry agency.

"At the current time, Beth McKenna is acting in the capacity of executive director and services in our northern region are being overseen by Melissa Newell," said Ken Dales, director of service excellence.

Dales declined to discuss the status of Mountain Lake Services Executive Director Dipanker "Dipu" Basu, who has been placed on administrative leave.

Also placed on administrative leave was Mary Savage, the northern regional director for Mountain Lake Services.

"Matters involving our executive director are under the oversight of our board, and it would not be proper for our agency to comment on these matters further," Dales said. "As a standard practice, also, we respect our employees' privacy by not commenting on their employment status."

Dales said the agency is operating as it always does.

"There has been no interruption in the services offered by Mountain Lake Services," he said. "Mountain Lake Services continues to focus on its mission to provide excellent services for people with developmental disabilities and their families in Essex County."

Headquartered in Port Henry, Mountain Lake Services works with more than 500 people with developmental disabilities throughout Essex County.

The agency is one of the county's leading employers with about 600 workers. It has an annual budget of about $35 million, most of it from state and federal sources.

Basu became executive director in 2001, after the death of founder Chuck Hayes. Basu had been associate director.

His annual salary as executive director is listed as $186,000 in public filings with the IRS. Basu's compensation, with benefits, is listed at $211,000.

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