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2015-04-02 / Front Page

Aquino resigns as councilman

¦ Decision to fill vacancy in hands of Town Board
by JULIE HALM Editor


Aquino Aquino Mark Aquino resigned his position as councilman in the Town of Lancaster on Monday after he was charged on Sunday with driving while intoxicated and leaving the scene of a property-damage accident.

According to Lancaster Clerk Johanna Coleman, Aquino emailed his letter of resignation from the Town Board on Monday morning. The letter of resignation, which was effective immediately, stated in part, “It has been a pleasure working for the Town these past five plus years.”

Aquino was appointed to his position after Daniel Amatura vacated the spot to become Lancaster highway superintendent. At the time, Bob Giza was the supervisor of the town. However, the remaining three board members were the same. He won election in his own right in November 2011.

Coleman noted that several vacancies have occurred during her tenure for varying reasons, and the decision whether or not to appoint a person to the newly-vacant position is in the hands of the remaining board members.

If an appointment is made, it must be done with a majority vote, but not a unanimous one.

The term that Aquino was serving would have been completed on Dec. 31, 2015.

According to a Lancaster police report, Aquino struck a parked vehicle on Como Park Boulevard on Sunday evening. After striking the parked car, Aquino allegedly continued driving and police said he later told officers he did so because he was in shock and unsure what had happened.

A witness at the scene followed Aquino’s vehicle, which was leaking fluid. His car became disabled on Richmond Avenue. Police reported that the witness said Aquino then exited the vehicle and began to leave on foot before she informed him that she had called police.

According to the police report, Aquino’s blood alcohol level was 0.14 percent. No injuries were reported, and a release from Gerald J. Gill Jr., chief of police, stated that Aquino was cooperative with officers throughout the investigation.

He is charged with driving while intoxicated as a first offense, operating a vehicle with 0.08 percent or more alcohol in the blood, and leaving the scene of a property-damage accident. He was alone in the car at the time.

The former councilman is due to appear in Lancaster Village Court on May 5 in front of Judge Paul Bumbalo.

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