North Syracuse Village Board relays info to DA's office

Recent concerns from constituents were brought to the North Syracuse Village Board's attention, which lead the board to turn matters over to the Onondaga County District Attorney's Office. The unanimous decision was made two weeks ago, according to Deputy Mayor Diane Browning.

Browning said the village board received information from more than one village constituent regarding financial activity conducted by the North Syracuse mayor's wife, Patricia Heindorf.

Neither Mayor John Heindorf nor his wife has been available for comment, although several calls were made to the mayor between Dec. 17 and 18.

Browning said she has not spoken to the Heindorfs since the concerns were brought up because of the "personal" degree of the matter. "I will definitely speak with him when he's ready," Browning said.

Although some of the alleged financial activity transpired more than three years ago, Browning said, "the constituents felt there was good reason to think there was misappropriation of funds."

Heindorf held several community-oriented positions such as treasurer for the Northern Onondaga Public Library at North Syracuse, secretary for the North Syracuse Education Association and treasurer of the North Syracuse Democratic Committee.

It seems the concerned constituents "just came to a realization," Browning said.

"It's our obligation as a board to do so," Browning said about the current DA investigation. "It's taxpayer money."

Senior Assistant District Attorney Robert J. DeMarco is handling the investigation.

"It's my general policy not to comment on open investigations," DeMarco said.

Although, the investigation is in its early stages, Browning said she and the board area aware that there could be no further findings at the time of completion.

"It could have been something that was easy to overlook,"

Browning said. "We will have to see, but it could end up being nothing."

The Star-Review is awaiting responses from Onondaga County District Attorney William J. Fitzpatrick and Northern Onondaga Public Library at North Syracuse Director Kate McCaffrey.

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