Village of Gouverneur: Mayor Speaks Out
The mayor of Gouverneur is mad.
"I think it's childish, and I think they're turning their backs on the community," says Miller.
Miller is reacting to the resignation of two village officials; village trustee Carl Pettito and administrator Dorothy Vorce.
Miller and Vorce reportedly had a contentious working relationship.
Miller defeated Vorce in the race for mayor in November, but the former mayor was brought in to help. Miller is a convicted felon, meaning he can't sign checks for the village.
Village officials say they knew it was a relationship that wouldn't last.
"She's been there a long time, and it was hard for her to take that loss," says village trustee Charles Newvine.
Despite the tension, Miller thought a recent four hour meeting with Vorce had solved any lingering problems.
"We just cleared the air and made it very clear we wanted to work with each other. There was definitely no confusion there," said Miller.
That all changed this week after Vorce and Miller different over the handling of a situation with a staff member.
"It was nothing that was done wrong by the staff member. It was something that Dorothy had a problem with. From what I understand she just doesn't feel like working with us now," says Miller.
Village trustee Carl Petitto handed in his resignation in late December. Despite being disappointed, Miller says he is sad to lose Petitto's knowledge.
"He was someone that I was looking forward to working with. A very intelligent man," says Miller.
Miller told us the shake-up at the village office may not be over yet, as more resignations could be on the way.
"I'm expecting maybe one more. I'm hoping not, but I expect it," says Miller.
Other board members did not return our calls for comment.
Saturday, May 25, 2013, Watertown, NY