Tuesday, December 4, 2012
By WILLIAM J. KEMBLE
RHINEBECK, N.Y. — Town officials will speak with legal counsel before determining if disciplinary action can be taken against town Zoning Enforcement Officer Christian Fekete following his arrest on Sunday, Supervisor Tom Traudt said on Tuesday.
Traudt said he has spoken with Fekete, who was appointed to the $30-per-hour position earlier this year.
“I think he’s embarrassed by it,” Traudt said. “He’s embarrassed for his family.”
Fekete, 51, was arrested at 1 a.m. Sunday and charged with petit larceny and harassment for causing a disturbance at a restaurant in the village after the community’s Sinterklaas festival, according to state police.
“Fekete became disorderly in the restaurant after being asked to pay for his tab and refused to do so,” police stated in their arrest report. “He then threw a drink at a waitress and shoved another employee of the bar. Fekete fled the restaurant, followed by employees of the restaurant, who kept a distance until troopers located Fekete in the municipal parking lot on East Market Street, a few hundred feet from the restaurant.”
Fekete, who declined to comment when contacted by the Freeman on Tuesday, is scheduled to appear in Village Court on Thursday.
Traudt said the Town Board won’t take any action until discussing the incident with the town’s lawyer.
“I’m not sure if there is anything that we’re obligated to do,” he said.
Traudt, a retired Dutchess County sheriff’s deputy, said Fekete’s alleged actions are inappropriate for a town official.
“If true, it’s certainly a concern of mine,” Traudt said of the charges. “I was in law enforcement for almost 26 years, and it’s something that is unacceptable for a public official.”