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Supervisor Jack Moore appears in court on harassment charge

December 06, 2017 06:18 PM

Outgoing Henrietta Town Supervisor Jack Moore appeared in court Wednesday afternoon related to a harassment charge.

This case involves retired Henrietta town employee Scott Mangino and his wife Jill. Moore owns property across from the home the Manginos share with their daughters. The couple claims Moore has driven by their home and repeatedly laid on his horn -- in fact eight times.

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Moore’s attorney made a motion Wednesday to dismiss the charges against his client, but Judge Karen Morris denied the motion.

"The alleged victim didn’t plea in her paperwork that she felt harassed or annoyed and that’s an element of the crime," said attorney Vincent Merante.

Scott Mangino was among five Henrietta town employees who filed EEOC complaints against Jack Moore. He claimed he was harassed into retiring. The EEOC issued a finding in Mangino's favor. He has since filed civil lawsuits against Moore.

Moore's attorney Vincent Merante says this case is in no way related, saying he has never in 27 years defended a client for blowing the horn.

"Nowhere in the information does she say she felt harassed or alarmed," says Merante. "It’s insufficient, it’s improper. It’s doesn’t meet statutory requirements."

He adds, "There’s no doubt in my mind if there wasn’t a political relationship that we wouldn’t be standing here today."

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