There may have only been 13 residents present at the village of North Syracuse Board meeting Thursday Nov. 12, but the people that spoke during the "citizen's voice" portion of the meeting came with an agenda. Mayor John Heindorf was absent from the board meeting, as was true of October's meeting. Deputy mayor Diane Browning said his new work schedule has him working from 3 to 11 p.m., which hinders him from attending. Police chief Thomas Connelly was present for the Nov. 12 meeting.
Village fireman and past fire chief Paul Linnertz brought his concerns to the board's attention. Linnertz said he was troubled by the recent situation Connelly and Heindorf. He referred to the incident as a "shouting match that ended up in a pushing match."
"It's not the first one I've seen involving the mayor," Linnertz said.
Linnertz asked when village residents could review Trustee Mark Atkinson's "violence in the workplace" report.
Atkinson said he would release it as soon as he made sure it was alright to do so. Atkinson chairs the Public Safety and the Employee Safety Committees.
Linnertz pressed further to ask if the mayor was a "village employee or an elected official." Both Atkinson and Village Attorney Heather Cole agreed that the mayor is in fact a public official. With that said, Linnertz said Atkinson's report should be "public record."
Linnertz talked about Chief Connelly's record, his service on the New York State Police force and his time as chief thus far. He said it seems the mayor is "hiding."
"If he [the mayor] was here tonight, I would ask him to resign," Linnertz said.
During the trustees' report, Browning said the board has done everything possible to "put this matter behind them."
"Hopefully it will all work out," Browning said.
After the meeting, she said the board's "cohesiveness" has helped them deal with the situation. Browning said the mayor should be at the next abstract meeting since it falls on a Tuesday with the holiday. She said Heindorf doesn't work on Tuesday nights, thus he should be attending.