GOUVERNEUR The village Board of Trustees accepted the resignation of Christopher A. Miller as mayor at a meeting Tuesday.
Mr. Miller, who was arrested earlier in the day on a charge of third-degree grand larceny, had resigned his political position last week. His resignation letter, read aloud by Ronald P. McDougall, who as deputy mayor became mayor when Mr. Miller stepped down, gave no explanation.
Its been an honor to serve my community, Mr. Miller wrote.
Mr. McDougall assured the public that village accounts are safe.
Were financially secure, he said. We believe internally theres been nothing fraudulently done.
When the board learned after last falls election that Mr. Miller had a criminal past, it did not allow him to sign checks, requisitions or vouchers, which were handled by either Mr. McDougall or Trustee Charles W. Newvine when he was deputy mayor. The village also has routine audits, Mr. McDougall said.
Its not every once in a while, he said. Its every year.
The board affirmed Mr. McDougalls recommendation that Mr. Newvine serve as his deputy mayor.
Mr. McDougall, a member of the Independence Party, filed an independent nominating petition with the St. Lawrence County Board of Elections on Tuesday to run for mayor this November.
Trustee R. Nelson Lawrence, a Conservative, also filed an independent nominating petition to run for trustee. Mr. Lawrence, who was appointed in December by then-Mayor Dorothy L. Vorce to fill a vacancy on the board, had decided earlier not to run.
Circumstances have changed that changed my outlook, Mr. Lawrence said. I want to get back in and help the village.