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Watkins Glen Mayor Luke Leszyk resigns

Watkins Glen Mayor Luke Leszyk announced his resignation on Thursday afternoon.

Leszyk’s resignation comes on the heels of a contentious Board of Trustees meeting on Tuesday, July 5 in which community members brought up claims of sexual harassment and assault levied against Leszyk.

More: Claim filed against Village of Watkins Glen, Mayor Leszyk after alleged sexual harassment, mistreatment of former officer’s wife

“The harassment and false accusations have become too much for me and is not fair to my wife and family. I can no longer effectively lead the village with all the distractions. It is not fair to the many wonderful residents of this village,” said Leszyk in the Thursday, July 7 letter announcing his resignation. 

In January 2021, Danielle Matthews and her husband Watkins Glen Police Sergeant in Charge Brandon Matthews filed a claim against Leszyk alleging sexual harassment and abuse of power.

Deputy Mayor Louis Perazzini will serve as Acting Mayor, according to the letter.

More: Watkins Glen mayor accused of sexual harassment, abuse of power had no complaints while employed by NYSP

Read Leszyk’s full resignation letter below

Watkins Glen Mayor Luke Les… by Josh Durso