DUTCHESS COUNTY, N.Y. – Millbrook’s mayor, who is facing charges of grand larceny and official misconduct, will not be running for re-election, according to a report by the Poughkeepsie Journal.
Laura Hurley, 52, was arrested last week in connection with the theft of more than $1,700 from the town of Washington, where she had been its bookkeeper and assistant to Supervisor Gary Ciferri, police told the Poughkeepsie Journal.
Hurley, whose village term expires at the end of this year, was appointed to the post in 2010 after then-Mayor Andrew Ciferri resigned. She later ran unopposed for the four-year position, media reports said.
Her lawyer, Bruce Petito, attributed the situation to a bookkeeping error and said he intended to argue that there was no criminal intent when Hurley accidentally used a municipal account to pay her daughter’s school loans, the Poughkeepsie Journal reported.
Petito told the Poughkeepsie Journal that he understood that Hurley was not running for office this year and the Board of Elections had no records of her filing for the election. Deputy Mayor Joseph Spagnola Jr. did not return the Poughkeepsie Journal's calls for comment, the newspaper said.
Hurley, who was freed without bail, is scheduled to appear in court on Thursday, Oct. 20.