HALFMOON, N.Y. -- Mindy Wormuth has formally resigned from her position as Halfmoon Town Supervisor, just one month after she turned herself in on federal and state charges.
The resignation will be effective Saturday, November 23. In her resignation letter, Wormuth explains that since her medical leave runs until December 31, she will not be able to resume her full responsibilities as Town Supervisor before the end of her term.
Town Board member Craig Hayner stated in a release that the board accepted her resignation on behalf of the residents of Halfmoon.
Wormuth, 46, was arraigned in October on federal court on charges of making false statements and extortion. She was also arraigned in Waterford Town Court on charges of Grand Larceny, Offering a False Instrument for Filing, and Petit Larceny. She pleaded not guilty and was released on her own recognizance.
Wormuth is charged with accepting $7,500 in "consultant fees" in return for using her official position as town supervisor on the Saratoga County Board of Supervisors to lobby for the legislation of mixed martial arts. They say she also stole more than $6,000 in campaign contributions from her campaign fund.
Federal officials also say Wormuth falsely stated that she had consulted with a former town justice in Saratoga County, named "K.T.: in the indictment, for advice prior to accepting payments. In reality, she had not consulted w K.T., but instead another attorney who told her she could only work in her spare time, and could not use her office or official acts in exchange for payments.
Wormuth announced to town board members that she would be taking a 30-day leave of absence, stating that she would be unable to come to work for medical reasons, a week before turning herself in.
You can find Wormuth's full resignation letter and the town board's response below the comments section of this page.
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