City Council members expressed regret Wednesday with the arrest city police officer Jack Montesanto, who is accused of choking a woman at the Geneva Public Safety Building following her arrest.
However, in a question posed to them by the Finger Lakes Times, they believe the city’s police chief, Mike Passalacqua, is handling the explosive case with professionalism.
As for news that Montesanto was demoted from sergeant to officer last year for unknown reasons, councilmembers mostly declined to comment.
Councilors Paul D’Amico, Steve Valentino, Angelina Marino, Ken Camera and Mark Gramling responded either by phone or email to requests for comment by the Times. Mayor Ron Alcock and Councilor Gordy Eddington did not respond to phone messages or emails, while interim Sixth Ward Councilor Dana Hollenbeck said by phone that she was unfamiliar with the matter, but hoped to provide a statement after she learned more. As of press time, no response was received.