Saratoga County

Mechanicville official charged with being disorderly

John Enzien, the executive director of the Mechanicville Housing Authority and a former city account
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John Enzien, the executive director of the Mechanicville Housing Authority and a former city accounts commissioner, was arrested early Saturday morning after police said he refused to stop yelling obscenities and then resisted arrest while intoxicated in the street near his home.

Enzien, 43, of 22 S. Main St., was arrested at about 3:10 a.m. while on foot in the street after police said he refused to move out of the street.

Court documents claim that his breath had an odor of an alcoholic beverage and he appeared to be intoxicated.

Police said they answered a call and found Enzien yelling outside 25 S. Main St. near the rear entrance of the CVS pharmacy. According to police, Enzien repeatedly yelled “shut the [expletive] up.”

Mechanicville Police Chief Joseph Waldron declined to comment Monday. Enzien, reached at his Housing Authority office Monday, said it would be inappropriate for him to comment at this time.

Enzien was charged with misdemeanor resisting arrest and was cited for disorderly conduct, a violation level offense.

According to court documents, police had to physically restrain Enzien when he refused to place his hands behind his back to be handcuffed.

Police said Enzien was agitated about a disturbance at his house as he was being interviewed by police. His motor skills were impaired and he had bloodshot eyes, police said.

As he was being arrested, he yelled “this is [expletive] ridiculous,” according to court records.

He was taken to the police station, processed and released a short time after his arrest, according to police.

The Mechanicville Housing Authority administers 160 public housing apartments at the John S. Moore Homes and the Davenport Estates in the city, which are subsidized by federal Housing and Urban Development money, according to the Authority’s Web site.

The authority also contracts with the privately owned Mechanicville Mid-Rise to administer its 100 senior housing apartments.

Enzien was appointed director in 1998 to replace his mother, Mary Enzien, who retired after 28 years in that post.

Enzien was entering the third year of his first term as accounts commissioner in Mechanicville at the time of his appointment. He resigned as accounts commissioner to take the job at the Housing Authority.

Mechanicville Housing Authority Board of Commissioners Chairman Scott Davenport did not return calls seeking comment on Monday. Reached Monday afternoon, board member Chris Sgambati said he was just learning of the incident and also declined comment, referring the matter to Davenport.

Mayor Anthony Sylvester, who is a former housing authority Board of Commissioners member, said it would be inappropriate for him to comment until the court case runs its course.

Enzien is due in court on July 9 to face the charges.

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