Controversy has surrounded the town of Halfmoon since earlier this week when a Times Union report revealed supervisor Mindy Wormuth and her husband were being investigated by the FBI. YNN's Matt Hunter was at Wednesday night's town board meeting and joined us now with more on what citizens and elected officials have to say about the negative attention the community's been receiving.
HALFMOON, N.Y. -- Anyone who was hoping for fireworks at Wednesday night's Halfmoon Town Board meeting went home disappointed. Not only did just one taxpayer feel compelled to address the council directly, but the woman at the center of the controversy, Mindy Wormuth, failed to show up.
One day after the Halfmoon Town Council formally asked for the resignation of their supervisor, Mindy Wormuth was a no show at Wednesday night's meeting.
"Miss Wormuth will not be at the meeting this evening, therefore I'll be running the meeting," said Walter Polak, Halfmoon Town Council Member.
"I'm not sure what's going through her mind, why she did or did not come, but like I said, we've got business as usual, business to carry on," said Halfmoon Town Council Member Craig Hayner.
While the details are not yet known, Wormuth's attorney, E. Stewart Jones, confirms she and her husband are under investigation.
For some in town, this only validates their long-held opinions about the supervisor.
"In the best interest of the town, I think the supervisor should've stepped aside long before this," said Deanna Stephenson, Halfmoon Town Council Candidate.
Hayner said, "It's not just this, it goes back this full year. It's been dysfunctional, it's been distracting."
While close to 30 people attended the meeting, Deanna Stephenson, a Democratic candidate for the town board, was the only one to speak publicly. Like many others, she'd like to learn more about the investigation.
Stephenson said, "I think it should be clear what is the FBI asking about? Is it town government, is it personal business, what is it?"
"I wasn't any more privy to what was going on than any of the press until I read the paper myself. Neither were our board members," Polak said.
On Tuesday, Wormuth issued a statement saying she has no intention of resigning.
As of now, board member Walter Polack says there's no plan in place to vote her out. The council hopes she'll chose to step down on her own.
Polak said, "I think mainly her credibility to the citizens of this community, that played a very big, important part in our decision."
"I think it's just sad the town I grew up in has come to this," said Halfmoon Town Council Candidate Joe Christopher.
Wormuth also failed to attended Tuesday's Saratoga County Board of Supervisors meeting in Ballston Spa.