(13-WHAM, Evan White) Four days after being arrested on official misconduct charges by the village’s police department, Brockport Mayor Connie Castaneda postponed a public board meeting scheduled for Tuesday night. Room occupancy in the board room cannot exceed 49; there were about 15 additional people standing as the meeting was set to begin.
“That’s it, thank you for coming tonight,” Castaneda told the crowd moments after she arrived in the boardroom.
Castaneda faces multiple misdemeanor charges for allegedly renting rooms in her home to college students.
As the meeting was cancelled, Castaneda attempted to reschedule, but board member Margaret Blackman interjected, stating that the date mentioned conflicted with a budget meeting of high importance. No makeup date has been scheduled according to Blackman, though it is expected by month’s end.
Board members have mixed feelings on whether a separate venue should have been sought, as many anticipated a large crowd.
“It’s hard to tell how many people are going to show up,” said Scott Hunsinger, a village Trustee.
Carol Hannan, an outspoken critic of Castaneda’s leadership on other issues, said there was no effort of which she was aware to find a separate venue.
“It has happened before, it should have been expected,” said Hannan, also a Trustee.
When asked why a larger meeting place wasn’t chosen, Castaneda declined to comment.
Castaneda told reporters she has been assured by village council that the charges will not affect her ability to serve as mayor.