Brockport mayor charged with official misconduct

BROCKPORT — Mayor Maria Connie Castañeda, who in 2009 was the second Latina in the state to win an election as mayor, was charged with official misconduct earlier this month.

Castañeda was charged March 9 with 14 counts of official misconduct, a misdemeanor violation of state law related to public servants, according to a press release issued by Brockport Police Chief Daniel Varrenti. She also was charged with numerous violations of village code and state property-maintenance code, the press release stated.

The charges were the result of an investigation that began last December when residents approached police with information related to property Castañeda owns and was renting, according to Varrenti. The investigation was conducted by the Brockport Police Department, the Brockport Code Enforcement Office, the Monroe County District Attorney’s Office and the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office.

Norman Giancursio, 58, also was charged with second-degree reckless endangerment, a misdemeanor, following the investigation.

Castañeda and Giancursio were ordered to appear in Sweden Town Court on March 26.

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