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Legal maneuvering to oust Wormuth

The remaining members of the Halfmoon Town Board initiated the legal steps to remove Halfmoon Supervisor Mindy Wormuth on Monday.

After repeatedly calling on Wormuth to resign, the board followed up on their pledge almost two weeks ago to try to formally boot her from office. On Monday the town filed a petition with the state Supreme Court's Appellate Division, alleging Wormuth has engaged in self dealing, corrupt activities, conflict of interest, moral turpitude, intentional wrongdoing and violation of the public trust, based on the federal and state charges she faces.

The effort is supported by Town Board members John Wasielewski, Craig Hayner, Paul Hotaling and Walter Polak Jr., all Republicans.

In a statement announcing the legal action, Hayner said, "We will continue to make decisions that are in the best interest of the town and we believe that this petition is the next step to compel her to resign or be removed from office."

The town board's press release says they expect a hearing on their removal petition.

Wormuth has been on a medical leave of absence since Oct. 11.

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