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Battle lines drawn in political Palmyra Village Brouhaha

by WayneTimes.com
January 9, 2022

Wayne County Compliance Officer requests New York Attorney General to investigate Palmyra Mayor David Husk

In a leaked letter from Wayne County Compliance Officer Edward Hunt Jr., put forth by a Palmyra Village Department head, Palmyra Supervisor and Chairman of the Board of Supervisors Ken Miller, it was alleged that Palmyra Village Mayor, David Husk, routinely and openly voiced racist and homophobic commentaries.

The findings by Hunt allege the Mayor also governs by engaging in implicit retaliatory behavior towards any employee of the Village who he perceives a threat to him, creating an environment of division among the ranks. The letter also alleged that, on one occasion, the Mayor used the complainant’s skills during work time for his own personal benefit at his private residence.

The letter indicated that Hunt reached out to a number of current and former village employees. Some did not return calls to Hunt, while others indicated they would not share information for fear of their jobs.

Hunt claimed he was able to establish a pattern of behavior and commentary by Mayor Husk that further verified racist and homophobic statements made by the Mayor. “I was also able to verify Mayor Husk’s retaliatory behaviors, so oppressive that employees go out of their way to avoid him or conversely interact with him to remain in his inner circle so

as to not become the target of his malevolence.”

The leaked letter, dated November 6, 2021, refers to a “Palmyra Village Department Head”, as being the source of the accusations. The Times has learned that source is Palmyra Police Chief David Smith, who has been at odds with Husk for years.

In the complaint letter to the Attorney General’s Office Hunt also stated that “The complainant (Smith) has been a long-time wrestling coach of the Palmyra-Macedon School District’s high school wrestling team. Mayor Husk has routinely and openly made comments about wrestlers being gay and that they like to touch each other sexually and that the complainant (Smith) must enjoy that. He will then end the commentary stating that he is only joking. Several of those I interviewed have heard this line of commentary multiple times, ” said Hunt.

In another part of the letter it was stated: “The complainant (Smith), in addition to his primary employment, has skills as an electrician. On one occasion, at the request of Mayor Husk, the complainant (Smith) performed electrical work at Mayor Husk’s home during work hours. He (Smith) had done so in a effort to position himself in good standing with Mayor Husk and fear of retaliation if he did not.”

The letter was exposed on the WHAM Bob Lonsberry controversial radio show last week.

In response, Husk stated: “All I know is that, when the truth comes out about

these allegations people will be surprised. I am going to respond to every paragraph in that letter.”

Husk has engaged a lawyer. In a statement dated January 6th, Husk wrote:

“The letter from Compliance Officer Hunt to the Attorney General’s office was one-sided and filled with many inaccurate, misleading and hearsay information. I would of liked to had the opportunity to address the concerns in the letter, but was never giving the opportunity to do so from the Compliance Officer.”

“I have actual sworn notarized statements on who actually requested the Fire apparatus, as proof that misinformed information was not properly investigated, also the school district has confirmed that another misleading-statement given, was that the complainant (Chief Smith) was NOT a High School wrestling coach at Palmyra-Macedon Central School District, as reported.”

A letter has been drafted by my Attorney to the Attorney General’s Office, to answer the allegations. On the advice from counsel I will have no further comment on this issue at this time.” stated Husk.

Also included in the Mayor’s response was a notarized letter from former Palmyra Fire Chief, Warren Frederick.

December 29, 2021

To Whom It May Concern: This is to verify that the request made to have Fire Police Personnel present at the Black Lives Matter rally held June 1 6, 2020 in Palmyra came directly from Chief David Smith. I suggested the brush truck as well so that the Fire Police Personnel would be more visible. This was for crowd control as people were crossing a Main Street into the Village Park.

This request was made at a meeting previous to the rally.

At that time, I, Warren Frederick, was the Fire Chief.

Chief Dave Smith could not be reached for comment.

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