BROCKPORT, NY (WKBW-TV) - the Mayor of the Village of Brockport, Maria C. Castaneda was arrested and charged with 14 counts of Official Misconduct. Castaneda was also charged with numerous Village Code and New York State Property Maintenance Code violations.
Also arrested was Norman Giancursio. Giancursio was charged with Reckless Endangerment.
The above investigation began in December of 2011 when individuals came forward and provided information that lead to the investigation.
Both Giancursio and Castaneda were issued appearance tickets and ordered to appear in Sweden Town Court on March 26, 2012.
Brockport police say Castaneda, 43, had at least four college students living in and paying rent at her single-family home on Main St. in Brockport, which violates the law that states no more than three unrelated people can live in one home.
In addition, the home did not have a fire escape or fire detectors, according to Brockport Police Chief Daniel Varrenti.
Varrenti says Castaneda and her live-in boyfriend, Norman Giancursio, 58, went to great lengths to keep the arrangement a secret.
“The students were told to park three blocks away from the house,” Varrenti said.
Varrenti says two of the students living at 332 Main Street tipped off police.
Police say the students were not living in squalor, but were being taken advantage of.
Varrenti say the 14 counts of official misconduct – a misdemeanor – stem from Castaneda’s position as mayor.
“One of her many duties as mayor is to ensure that all laws are followed and all violators are prosecuted and then it goes on to say if you have fail to do that and accept a benefit as a result of that then you’ve committed the crime of official misconduct,” he said.
Giancursio is facing a reckless endangerment charge, also a misdemeanor. Police say during a fire at the home last year, Giancursio told the students to stay inside.
The pair is due in court later this month.