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Duffy Pleads Not Guilty in DWI Case

LEWISBORO, N.Y. – Town Supervisor Charles Duffy pleaded not guilty to charges of DWI during an earlier court appearance than originally planned. He is currently seeking reelection in the November election.

Initially, Duffy was supposed to appear in court Monday night but the date had been changed to Aug. 22 at the request of Westchester County district attorney’s office, Duffy said. On that date, he was arraigned and pleaded not guilty to driving while intoxicated on Aug. 12 when he was pulled over by state police.

Duffy said that both town justices, Marc Seedorf and Susan Simon, have recused themselves from the case. However, before officially recusing himself, Judge Seedorf suspended Duffy’s driver’s license.

When asked if the suspended license has been given special-use permission, such as driving to and from work, Duffy refused to comment, but noted that the original suspension was made three weeks ago.

Duffy is expected to be back in court Oct. 17 and said that with both judges removing themselves from the case there is a strong possibility that the venue could change.

Duffy also denied that he is withdrawing from the race for supervisor and will still be on the ballot in November.

“I am still doing my job and I am not going to let this affect my daily responsibilities as town supervisor,” he said. “I’m am just going to continue to work on the priorities we set out in February 2010 – the repair of the tennis courts, Chapel Road repaving and the budget.”

Duffy, a CPA, is the Republican nominee for supervisor, but is also seeking the Independence Party nod via a write-in ballot in Tuesday’s primary. Referring to his accounting background, Duffy said he wanted to tell voters, “Don’t’ write me off; write me in.”

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