sounds like the perfect stall tactic.
Corfu mayor gets doctor's note, but it's unclear if he will take leave of absence
Submitted by Howard Owens on August 31, 2013 - 1:19pm
Corfu Mayor Ralph Peterson has a doctor's note excusing him from official duties for the next four months.
It's unclear, however, if Peterson intends to follow his doctor's advice and take a leave of absence.
Peterson's girlfriend reportedly dropped the note off at the village hall on Thursday. There was no letter with the doctor's note indicating what Peterson intended to do.
The note from a Pembroke doctor reads simply, "To Whom it May Concern: Ralph Peterson is a patient in our practice who has been advised to take a medical leave of absence until January 2, 2014."
Trustee Ken Lauer said he's unsure himself if Peterson is taking a leave of absence or just had the note dropped off.
"Our assumption initially was this was him stating he wouldn't be back until January second, but upon reflection I think we need a formal letter stating as much," Lauer said.
Lauer said Sandra Thomas, village clerk, sent a note to village attorney Mark Boylan on Friday asking whether the note should be treated as a notice of a leave of absence, but Boylan has not yet responded.
Peterson's first nine months in office have been tumultuous with numerous controversies. Within the past month, trustees voted unanimously to ask that he resign.
If Peterson didn't resign, the trustees voted, they would seek his ouster through the NYS Supreme Court.
On Monday, after learning that Peterson was hospitalized, reportedly for a stress-related condition, the board agreed to delay petitioning the State Supreme Court until Peterson was in better health.
Lauer said Peterson's doctor's note is just a variable in the process, but as far as he's concerned, the board should continue to pursue the mayor's resignation or seek his removal from office.
A movie script has fewer twist and turns than the Corfu Saga
OK - he is either medically incapable of handling the position now, or he is not.
The doctor just said "stay home". I hope he listens.
You would think that a Mayor would be able to make his intentions clear...just drop off a Doctors note....what an idiot, he REALLY needs to go.
Instead of simply resigning he now has done what politicians are so adept at doing. He passed the buck. The result will be the same, one hopes.
"If Peterson didn't resign, the trustees voted, they would seek his ouster through the NYS Supreme Court."
To the trustees of Corfu: This man appears to have no intention of resigning. Begin your 'ouster' thru the court system, and THEN you MIGHT get a resignation. But, I wouldn't hold my breath on that, either.
Dear Mr. Kotter,
Please excuse Juan Epstein from being Mayor.
Juan Epstein's mother
I personally think its just one more ploy of his. the timing is just to odd. If not and he really is stressed then its of his own making. Not one person has done one thing to Peterson! No lies have been told ,no racial slurs have been said. everything that has been reported is true! If he is stressed its from being exposed for the things he has done to people and the village.
This would not be acceptable in a Governor, nor a President. So it should not be an acceptable situation in this case either.