Updated 03/10/2012 09:25 PM
News of Mayor's Arrest Spreads Through Brockport Community
It's the buzz around the village of Brockport. News of the village mayor's arrest on Friday has community members talking. YNN's Kate McGowan caught up with residents Saturday as they expressed their thoughts just a day after the arrest.
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It was a somewhat normal Saturday on Main Street in the Village of Brockport.
But some residents weren't shy in expressing their thoughts about the arrest of Mayor Connie Castaneda.
"A little bit disappointed. Any time an elected official I guess makes a mistake or whatever you want to call it, I think they should be a bit more responsible because people are putting them in position of power," said resident Chris Boshnack.
Castaneda turned herself into village police Friday evening just after her live-in boyfriend Norman Giancursio was arrested.
After a joint investigation that started in 2010, the mayor now faces fourteen counts of Official Misconduct.
"Who knows what's going to happen to her. Doesn't sound good," said community member Victor Silvi.
According to the Brockport Police Department, the mayor owns a home on Main Street. There she lives with Giancursio and her two sons.
Police said she was illegally renting the upstairs out to several tenants, mostly students from the College at Brockport.
Police Chief Daniel Varrenti said a handful of tenants came forward to investigators, explaining conditions inside the home.
"If you're the, in this particular case, the mayor, and you're not adhering by the very laws that you're setting forth, that coupled with obtaining the rent is what coupled the violations to occur," the chief said.
Police said too many tenants were living on the second floor and Castaneda and Giancursio did not provide the space with working smoke detectors and fire escapes.
Resident Mark Dulieu said, "Very discouraging that someone, who we elected as an official like that, just not doing the right thing."
"Boy that's just a shame. Ya know, because I think even our young people need to look up to the elected officials and know that they're made of integrity and honesty and unfortunately that's not what our elected officials are doing lately," said resident Chris Boshnack.
But the factor in the investigation that had the most impact on residents was an incident last year.
Police said Giancursio ordered one of the tenants to remain inside during a fire in the home so she wouldn't be identified as living there. Giancursio was charged with Reckless Endangerment for that alleged incident.
A member of the community said, "Should know better than to take a chance like that. The possibility of hurting people."
But some say their faith in the mayor remains and they hope her arrest does not affect her time in office.
"She's been doing a good job so far. I think things are running pretty well in Brockport. I like her especially as a person, I know her on a personal level. And I think she's doing a great job, hopefully people don't look at her the wrong way for this," said Jake Brackett.
When YNN reached the mayor by phone Saturday, she denied comment.
Police said further charges are being considered.
Castaneda and Giancursio are due back in Sweden town court March 26th.