Meeting minutes: Weedsport mayor defies attorney advice on conflict of interest

Despite an attorney's advice to the contrary, Mayor Jean Saroodis refused to recuse herself from an executive session in the village of Weedsport on Feb. 8 in which an unspecified conflict of interest arose, according to meeting minutes The Citizen obtained this week.

The state Committee on Open Government released the Feb. 8 executive session meeting minutes to The Citizen this week after Saroodis had sent them to the committee for review. The village has refused to make the minutes available to the public despite a request from The Citizen, a refusal that is a violation of open meeting law, said Robert Freeman, the executive director of the Committee on Open Government.

The Feb. 8 meeting minutes provided by the committee indicate that a motion was made to enter an executive session to discuss "personnel matters" with attorney Colin Leonard.

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