An emergency board meeting in Corfu, Genesee County, brought out members of the community Thursday night.
CORFU, N.Y. — The Corfu Village Board, along with lawyer Mark Boylan, called an emergency meeting Thursday where board members announced a letter is being written to formally ask Mayor Ralph Peterson to resign.
The letter will give Peterson until 5 p.m. Aug. 23 to respond. If he declines, the board plans to take other measures.
"We will go into proceedings to the appellate division judicial system to present a case to them to remove him as mayor," said village trustee Ken Lauer.
"I think he should resign. He doesn't have the village interest in mind. He's created a lot of turmoil," said resident Nicholas Skeet.
This is not the first time the mayor has been asked to resign since being elected to office in March. Following a misunderstanding in April between the mayor, the clerk and her assistant, a trustee asked the mayor to step down.
The board also requested that Peterson stay away from the clerk and assistant clerk, stating it is an unsafe work environment.
Peterson attended the meeting Thursday, but was not allowed in when the board went into executive session. He declined to comment on the advice of his attorney.
Board members at the meeting also asked that a formal request be written to former Village Justice Robert Alexander. They are demanding he not be on town or village property. Members say the former judge threatened a town board member at a village meeting earlier this week.
Alexander, along with his daughter, the former clerk, are facing charges after an audit found $10,000 missing from the village courts.
The board's attorney declined to comment on Thursday's meeting.