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February 21, 2013

DOT engineer forced out for talking to press


“We are scared of everything we do now,” he said. “There’s a level of fear within the DOT.”


A U.S. Army veteran who served as a combat engineer, Fayette had worked for DOT since 1983 and had been resident engineer for Essex County since 2004.

He lived in Port Kent during the week, commuting to his house in Alexandria Bay on his days off.

Essex County Board of Supervisors Chairman Randy Douglas (D-Jay) praised Fayette, saying he always did his best to aid them during disasters.

“I had a great working relationship with him. He was accessible, and he was accessible during storms and disasters. I can only speak highly of Mr. Fayette.”

Douglas said Fayette will be missed by those who worked with him.

“I wish him the best in his retirement.”


Ted Luck, president of Luck Brothers, a Plattsburgh-based construction company, said by email that he was astonished to hear of Fayette’s problems with DOT.

“We have worked with Mr. Fayette on many occasions since he has been in charge in Essex County since 2004 and have nothing but compliments for him and his crew. He is a complete gentleman and has always been totally professional in all our dealings.

“He was a huge attribute to the North Country and will be sorely missed,” Luck continued. “The Essex County (DOT) Residency was much better off with Mike in command.”


Fayette, whose salary was about $99,000 before he retired, said he’s speaking out in the hope someone in state government will take up his cause and get him his job back.

“Retiring when I did was completely involuntary, but it was the best option available to me. Ultimately, I would like to be reinstated. I’d like to be made whole. A serious wrong has been done to me.”

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