It's been two weeks since the Corfu village board of trustees formally asked the village mayor to resign. He hasn't so far. YNN's Rose Eiklor filed this update.
Friday, Aug. 23 was the deadline Corfu village trustees put in place for mayor Ralph Peterson to resign.
He did not.
Trustee Ken Lauer says the mayor was hospitalized over the weekend, and the board has decided to delay its actions.
"The board chose to say to the attorney for the village that basically, we should hold back a little bit and let him recover and then to also see if we cant negotiate something with him to help him understand the importance of resigning and what that means to the village," said Lauer.
But Lauer said if they are unable to negotiate the mayor's resignation, trustees will take further action to remove him from office.
"The ultimate action is to take him to appellate court in Rochester. We are fully committed to doing that if necessary," said Lauer.
The board presented the mayor with a letter from village attorney Mark Boylan asking the mayor to step down.
The letter discussed many issues the board is having such as his: "pattern of obstruction and interference with the village board's efforts to hold judge Robert Alexander and his daughter Brandi Watts accountable for their actions".
The letter also addressed possible litigation with Corfu police officers. Officers felt their work hours were not being distributed accurately in the village and threatened to sue.
Village trustees claim a letter from the officers' lawyer proposing a settlement given to the mayor in May was withheld from them until August.
Lauer said the mayor filed an insurance claim on the same day in August the letter from May was presented to the board.
"He was running on a ticket that he would fully involve the trustees, he would fully engage in the benefit of the village. However, this type of actions is certainly not in the best interest of the village. It sounds almost like collusion with the police officers to create a lawsuit against the village," said Lauer.
Lauer told YNN the village attorney will be contacting Peterson within the next few days to decide what is happening next.
Peterson did not comment for this report.