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Councilman investigated for harassment

Councilman investigated for harassment

Altercation allegedly prompted by a zoning matter

SCHENECTADY -- City police are investigating an alleged altercation involving city Councilman John Mootooveren at a bar in the city in January.

Police Sgt. Matt Dearing said a detective was looking into a “possible altercation” between Mootooveren and another person.

Mootooveren refused to comment on the incident Tuesday, referring questions to his attorney, Steven Kouray. Kouray said the accusation was submitted to City Court to see if Mootooveren should be charged with second-degree harassment, a violation. He said two city judges have already recused themselves from the case.

“If they all recuse themselves, then it will probably go in front of another local judge,” Kouray said.

Police will typically go to a judge during an investigation to get an appearance ticket or a warrant signed.

Kouray said the incident involved a man who was upset with Mootooveren because the man couldn't get a zoning variance. He added that Mootooveren was accused of throwing an object at the man, but he wasn't sure what the object was.

“It’s a very trivial thing that’s been blown out of proportion,” Kouray said.

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