[Editor’s Note: Corrected to note that the number of absentee ballots the town has received thus far is roughly 370.]WILTON – The Board of Selectpersons and town officials are preparing for next week’s election, with Town Manager Rhonda Irish saying that additional staff members will be on site for support with COVID-19 safety protocols.Polls at the Town Office on the Weld Road will open on July 14 at 8 a.m. for any voters who feel comfortable attending the in-person setup; Irish said strict safety measures will be followed such as requiring masks for all voters, though she did clarify that no citizen will be turned away from their right to cast a ballot. Irish also reported that while absentee ballots usually average around 70, this year the town received closer to 370. The ballot boxes will close at 8 p.m. and regular town office services will be unavailable for the day.The regular town meeting will take place on August 10; board members discussed the idea of holding a hybrid meeting with an indoor area for a maximum of 50 people and the overflow in the parking lot just outside. The meeting could be broadcasted over the radio. If the social distance restrictions of 50 maximum people is lifted the meeting could easily be offered indoors, or if that number is reduced the meeting could be held in the parking lot, board member Tom Saviello said. The board will vote on the proposed warrant at their next meeting.In other business, the board voted on a new auditing service firm for the town; of the two firms that were interviewed, RHR Smith & Company was hired for the job. The fees were lower than what the town is currently paying, Irish said. The company charges the town $7,000 for an audit, and $2,500 each for the waste water and water departments. The town is usually audited between the end of June and October, while the water and waste water departments are audited in February, Irish said. The firm will be hired with a three-year contract.
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Hempstead Town Clerk Mark BonillaHempstead Town Clerk Mark Bonilla was painted as both the manipulator of a woman who accused him of sexual harassment and an honest politician Monday during opening statements of his misconduct trial.Bonilla opted for a bench trial before Judge Sharon Gianelli instead of a jury trial after pleading not guilty last fall to charges of coercion, attempted coercion official misconduct and petit larceny.“Most cases seem complex, then become simpler,” Assistant District Attorney Jed Painter told the court in his opening. “This is the opposite, looking simple and then grows like a weed.”Mineola-based defense attorney Adrian DiLuzio asked the judge keep an open and questioned the accuracy of the prosecutor.“A public official doesn’t commit a crime when their acting as regular people,” DiLuzio said in court.Bonilla, who had refused calls from fellow Republicans to step down after his arrest, allegedly asked the ex-boyfriend of his accuser—both of whom worked in the clerk’s office at the time—for intimate photos of the woman in order to get her to drop the complaint.Painter said after Bonilla learned of the allegations, the clerk held a meeting to tell his staff that his accuser “has nothing on me.”The accuser testified Monday afternoon that Bonilla told her she would half to prove her loyalty to him if she wanted the clerk to undo her transfer from his office.The woman recorded the meeting—a recording that is one of the key pieces of evidence in the case, although attempts to play it in court were stumped by technical difficulties.She is expected to take the stand again when the trial resumes Tuesday at First District Court in Hempstead.
The team captain won’t play in tonight’s game after suffering a calf injury in training over the weekend, but O’Neill has hinted that he’d be willing to give him the benefit of the doubt.Kick-off tonight at Turners Cross is at 19:45. The Ireland manager is set to reveal his 23-man tournament squad for Euro2016 after tonight’s friendly international against Belarus at Turners Cross.The Ireland boss has delayed the announcement until just before the tournament deadline as he attempts to give as many players as possible to stake a claim for selection.However, the big concern now surrounds the fitness of Robbie Keane.