Since the resignation of Michael Phinney from the Village Board, I have received quite a bit of information on the "personal" reasons that he resigned -- which alluded to illegal conduct -- which coincidentally happened during the election that both he and I were on the ballot along with Ellen Eckman. They won, I lost.
I will not restate the allegations here that were relayed to me, and are public knowledge on other forums, as when I investigated them with Media and Police officials, I found that whatever happened, it was over a year ago, and NO charges have been filed --- and I have no independent confirmation of what did and did not occur.
Even Channel 12 which ran a story on it, kept it off their website the next morning, as it looks like they made a mistake in reporting something that may or may not be true.
I would "hope" that in the intervening year, if such allegations were true, the proper authorities would have taken action --- (not that I have a real lot of trust in such authorities --- they sometimes seem to enforce or not enforce laws for political gain more than for Justice --- reference past few well publicized judicial races).
Aside from the "gossiped" allegations --- there is a matter of where Mr Phinney lived at the time of the election last year, what address he used on his election filings, if he was in violation of election law, and whether Village Officials were aware of any mis-statements if they happened.
Apparently, he does not live where most folks (including me) thought he lived from public documents.I will followup on the election filings, etc. --- as for the rest, as of now it is just gossip.
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