Accused Water Thief Says Town Is All Wet

Accused Water Thief Says Town Is All Wet

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Jeff Kenney, a former water services worker for the town of Hounsfield, was arrested in August for misdemeanor theft of services. But he and his lawyer say he didn't do the crime.

"He didn't steal anything. He didn't take anything. He has a well. He's not on their waterline. They can check that out anytime they want," said Eric Swartz, Kenney's lawyer.

Kenney lives in a house on Ridge Road. He was accused of stealing water from the town after the highway department dug up an unmetered water pipe on his property.

State Police arrested him for a misdemeanor on August 25.

As his lawyer just said, Kenney denies using that pipe to get town water and they are fighting the charge.

"I'm very confident that at the end of the day, he will be acquitted, because he didn't do anything wrong." said Swartz. 

As for the offer to come take a look at Kenney's pipes, Town Supervisor Tim Scee says the town board won't be doing that.

It'll let the police handle the case from here.

That doesn't sit well with former town supervisor Marty DelSignore, who says the current board should charge Kenney back payments for all the years the illegal pipe has been on his property.

He and former Sackets Harbor Mayor Vince Battista sent a letter saying as much to the board and were told the matter was being handled by authorities.

The tricky thing about this case is going to be proving whether Kenney actually used water from the pipe, which, again, he says was not connected to his house, and if he did use town water, how much?

It'll be up to Henderson Town Court to sort this all out. For now, a trial date has not been set.

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