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Ex-SEDC official faces felony DWI charge

Ex-SEDC official faces felony DWI charge

The former Saratoga Economic Development Corporation chief who resigned after he was charged with dr

The former Saratoga Economic Development Corporation chief who resigned after he was charged with drunken driving was arrested again Wednesday afternoon and charged with four felonies, including a felony for driving drunk with a child in the car, police said.

Kenneth A. Green, 54, of 12 Iroquois Drive, was charged under the so-called “Leandra’s Law,” which makes drunken driving an automatic felony if there is a child under 16 in the car. The child was related to Green, although Saratoga Springs police declined to identify the child.

He was arrested at 3:19 p.m. in front of Caroline Street Elementary School, 310 Caroline St. School lets out at 3:20 p.m.

Police said they did not know if he had picked up the child at the time of his arrest.

In addition to the felony Leandra’s Law charge, Green also faces two other felony counts of driving while intoxicated because it was his second offense and because his blood alcohol level allegedly was .20 percent, more than twice the legal limit of 0.08 percent, Saratoga County District Attorney James A. Murphy III said.

He also was charged with starting a parked vehicle unsafely. Police said Green was involved in a four-car accident shortly before his arrest. Police said he allegedly pulled his vehicle out in front of another vehicle, colliding with it. The other vehicle was then involved in other collisions, police said.

Green is free on $5,000 bail.

Murphy said the case will go before the grand jury to bring felony charges against Green.

More than two years after his previous arrest, Green is now vice president of project development for Logistics One of Saratoga Springs, and the main spokesman for a major commercial-apartment complex, “The Esplanade,” proposed to be built at the north end of Mechanicville.

Logistics One owns the land.

While president of SEDC, Green was instrumental in getting the GlobalFoundries deal cemented in Malta. But he resigned in November 2007 after getting charged with drunken driving.

In that incident, police said they found Green asleep behind the wheel of a 2001 Chevrolet Suburban while it was running and parked on the lawn of a house about two blocks from his home.

The homeowners called police. Green’s blood alcohol concentration that night was .22 percent. He pleaded guilty two weeks later to DWI in Saratoga Springs City Court and was ordered to pay a $500 fine, surrender his driver’s license for six months and attend a DWI victim’s impact panel.

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