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Monticello mayor faces judge at DWI hearing

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Albany/HV: Monticello mayor faces judge at DWI hearing
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MONTICELLO, N.Y. -- The Mayor of Monticello faced an Administrative Judge at a DWI hearing Friday.

Monticello Lieutenant Mark Johnstone and Police Officer Mike Davis testified to the night of the Mayor’s arrest.

In November, Gordon Jenkins refused to a breathalyzer test three times.

Johnstone said the Mayor smelled of alcohol, Jenkins’ speech was slurred and his eyes were glossy when he showed up to a scene of an accident last month before police said he drove away erratically in his car.

Jenkins’ Attorney made the point that Jenkins repeatedly asked for his attorney prior to the first request for a chemical test.

Sussman said the police made no effort to connect with a lawyer on the night of the Mayor’s arrest.

"He should have been accorded a right to council,” Sussman said. “He was not accorded that right and intentionally denied that right. I think what occurs there after is legally infirm or suspect."

As to the Mayor’s license, the administrative judge said she would make a decision at a later date and submit that decision by mail.

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