Despite saying last week she would ask the Town Board to accept her $200 check for using a town-owned electric cart during her family reunion, Supervisor Joan Walsh didn’t address the controversial subject at Tuesday’s meeting.
“I think it’s a ridiculous issue,” she said. “I’m going to let (the Republicans) bring it up.”
The dispute started after Walsh borrowed a Gator-style cart from the Department of Public Works to transport elderly relatives around her yard during a family party in August.
She arranged to give the town comptroller $200 for it, but the Town Board deferred voting on accepting the check last month. Walsh has said town Republicans are making it a political fight, while Walsh’s critics question if she broke the town’s code of ethics. The District Attorney’s Office also has launched an investigation.
The town code states that town employees are prohibited from using town property for “personal convenience” and does not address if an employee can compensate the town for using it.
Walsh said she wouldn’t have been so public about taking the cart “if I thought I did something wrong.” However, “if I did something wrong, I apologize,” she said.
The supervisor said she wasn’t worried about a criminal or possible ethics probe leading to charges.
“Why are they wasting their time on something like this, if there are bigger matters?” she asked.
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