2010-11-24 / Front Page

BREAKING NEWS: Vincent Leibell will not become Putnam's new executive

By Eric Gross

A shocking chain of events has Putnam County government in turmoil.

Vincent Leibell who defeated Mary Ellen Odell for Putnam County Executive last month told the Courier Thursday that he would not be filling the position on January 1 for undisclosed reasons. Leibell said he could not comment further.

Leibell served in the New York State Legislature for 28 years and has been considered as the county's most influential and one of its most popular officials.

Last summer, federal investigators subpoenaed records from Patterson Town Hall for the home Leibell and his family constructed on Cushman Road. Sources indicated the reason for his refusing to accept the position of county executive stemmed from the investigation and that the senator was to have been indicted on federal charges in U.S. District Court on Thursday. A spokesman for the Department of Justice press office indicated that "nothing related to anything in Putnam County is scheduled for today."

When questioned further, the spokesman refused to comment.

Putnam Legislature Chairman Vincent Tamagna described the chain of events as "one of Putnam's darkest days since taking on the charter form of government. This is most unfortunate and regardless of how the tale plays out our county must now go through a period of healing with calm and quiet leadership. The people of Putnam will have a smooth transition and a good solid county government on January 1, 2011."

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