Mayor's court case transferred to DeWitt

Manlius village justices Joseph Greenman and Scott Koldin have recused themselves from handling a court case against Mayor Mark-Paul Serafin, who was charged Sept. 21 with violating a village recycling law. He was allegedly removing returnables from blue bins placed outside residents' homes for trash pickup. A formal complaint was made Aug. 24 by a village resident, whose name the police department has not released.

Serafin's initial court date was set for Oct. 7 but was adjourned for two weeks by the request of Serafin's attorney, Tom Cerio, of Cerio Law Offices, Syracuse. Now, the case has been transferred to the town of DeWitt where Serafin is scheduled to appear before Judge Robert Jokl at 6 p.m. Wednesday Nov. 3.

The village attorney typically acts as prosecutor for cases involving village law offenses, but the Onondaga County District Attorney's office rescinded its authorization to the village and has instead assigned Chief Assistant District Attorney Alison Fineberg to the case.

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