Embattled Halfmoon Town Supervisor Mindy Wormuth made her second court appearance in a matter of hours on Thursday. Our Matt Hunter was in Waterford, where Wormuth answered to a second set of charges after appearing in federal court first.
HALFMOON, N.Y. -- Embattled Halfmoon Town Supervisor Mindy Wormuth has pleaded not guilty in two different courts Thursday to charges ranging from extortion to grand larceny.
Federal prosecutors say Wormuth abused her leadership position on the Saratoga Board of Supervisors by accepting more than $7,000 in cash to lobby for Mixed Martial Arts. The money, prosecutors say, was used to try and influence legislation to legalize MMA in New York State.
Wormuth was also charged with making false statements to federal investigators back in August.
Wormuth then appeared in Waterford village court, where she answered to four charges, including two counts of grand larceny. She is alleged to have stolen money from her campaign fund.
Her colleagues on the Halfmoon town board are calling the investigation a distraction.
"Well, it's been a constant hum in the background now for a while now. We've continued to work as hard as we ever have, perhaps harder without the supervisor's presence here. We need to continue to get our budget resolved quickly. It's a difficult budget in difficult times. I think we're up to that task," said Halfmoon Town Council Member John Yagielski.
"The only silver lining out of this is that there has been a lot more discussion going on, how we tackle some of these things and how we look at the future of the town," said Craig Hayner, Halfmoon Town Council Member.
Wormuth faces up to 25 years in prison and $500,000 in fines if convicted.