Oct 19, 2015 at 13:41 o\clock

Brockport Mayor Connie Castaneda arrested

Connie Castaneda, Brockports unpopular Mayor, was arrested tonight, and charged with operating an illegal apartment and numerous other charges.

The Brockport Police Department issued the following press release at 7:30 Friday night.

On Friday March 9, 2012 the Mayor of the Village of Brockport, Maria C. Castaneda, of 322 Main Street, Brockport, N.Y. was arrested and charged with 14 counts of Official Misconduct, in violation of New York State Penal Law Section 195 sub 2 a Class A Misdemeanor. Castaneda was also charged with numerous Village Code and New York State Property Maintenance Code violations.

Also arrested was Norman Giancursio. Giancursio was charged with Reckless Endangerment - way - 2nd degree in violation of New York State Penal Law Section 120.20, also a class A Misdemeanor.

Both Giancursio and Castaneda were issued appearance tickets and ordered to appear in Sweden Town Court on March 26, 2012 at 5 P.M.

The above investigation began in December of 2011 when individuals came forward and provided information that lead to the investigation. The investigation was conducted by the Brockport Police Department, The Brockport Code Enforcement Office, the Monroe County District Attorneys Office and the Monroe County Sheriffs Office.

Article 195, subsection 2 of the New - up - York State Penal Code reads as follows:



S 195.00 Official misconduct.

A public servant is guilty of official misconduct when, with intent to obtain a benefit or deprive another person of a benefit:

He commits an act relating to his office but constituting an unauthorized exercise of his official functions, knowing that such act is unauthorized; orHe knowingly refrains from performing a duty which is imposed upon him by law or is clearly inherent in the nature of his office.

It seems that for years Castaneda had been renting apartments in her house, and telling her tenants that they couldnt tell anyone that they lived there, and that they should never answer the door.

But one of her former tenants knew that something was wrong about this arrangement, and after moving out of Castanedas house, was overwhelmed with guilt feelings.

Its hard to go to Confession and confess your sins when you know youve been conned into doing something wrong, and the only way to get it off your conscience is to report the crime.

So the former tenant contacted the Brockport Police Department and told them the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth about what was going on in Connie Castanedas house.

The charges against Castaneda for the multiple violations of Article 195 and of the Village Code resulted from Brockport Police Departments investigation of the information given to the by the person who knew something was wrong, and chose to report it rather - their - than keep it a secret

It is yet to be determined whether Castaneda reported the income from the secret apartments on her income taxes. The investigation into whether she did or did not report the income will be done by the State and Federal governments.

There is a Village Board Meeting on Tuesday, March 13, 2012 at 6:00 PM in the Village Hall, and it will be interesting to see how many Village residents turn out to demand Castanedas resignation.

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