Halfmoon Town Supervisor takes 30-day leave of absence

HALFMOON, N.Y. — Halfmoon Town Supervisor Mindy Wormuth notified town board members Friday afternoon that she will be unable to come to work for the next thirty days — now the board says they have to forge ahead and pass a difficult budget without her.

With a doctor's note, Wormuth notified her colleagues she would no longer be able to come to work
for the next 30 days.

“Saying that the supervisor said she would not be available for medical reasons for the next
30 days,” said John Wasieleski, a member of the board.

This comes after Wasieleski, along with three other board members, asked Wormuth to resign in September amid an FBI investigation involving her.

Wormuth had no intention of stepping down, but now her month long absence will leave a burden on the remaining board members according to Wasieleski.

“The remaining four of us have to pick up the load we have a very difficult budget we need to pass here,” he said.

A $14 million budget that is due a week after Wormuth is scheduled to return to work. In addition to keeping to town running, board members are now concerned about what her absence means at the county board level.

“We do need a presence there, her presence not being there, an empty seat may affect us,” he said.

Wasieleski says normally Wormuth would represent Halfmoon at those county meetings, but now her chair maybe empty and Halfmoon may not get a say in county matter.

“We've been dealing with it with what's been dealt to us and so far we've been doing it
successfully without her here,” he said.

Wormuth's term ends on December 31st of this year.

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