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Seneca Falls School Chief Pleads Guilty to DWAI

Seneca Falls School Superintendent, Gerald Macaluso, entered a guilty plea Tuesday night in Junius Town court to a reduced charge of Driving While Ability Impaired.Standing in the Junius Fire House in Dublin with his attorney, Scott Porter of Seneca Falls, Macaluso entered his guilty plea, paid fines totaling $775, and surrendered his driver’s license.Macaluso, 55, was charged with Driving While Intoxicated April 29th after he was stopped on the Thruway, two miles west of Exit 41, by state police.In a statement last week, Macaluso said he’d spent the day with his son in Brockport, and left after what he believed was sufficient time after his last drink. That misjudgement — and the fact that he was in the sun all day — made him drowsy and led to a state police officer pulling him over, he said.Following the 20-minute proceedings before Junius Town Justice Brian Laird, Porter said the DWI charge was reduced to DWAI on the recommendation from the Seneca County District Attorney’s Office.Macaluso is required to participate in a drinking and driving program. After 90 days and completion of the program, he can reapply for his license from the NYS Department of Motor Vehicles. Macaluso was given a conditional driver’s license that allows him to travel to and from work.Last week the Seneca Falls School Board drafted a unanimous statement of support saying they stand firmly behind the superintendent.“The Seneca Falls Board of Education recognizes the seriousness of the pending legal charges against the Superintendent of the Seneca Falls Central School District and we will continue to monitor the judicial process,” the statement read. “We fully support Mr. Macaluso as an effective leader of the district and the community.”

 

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