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Supervisor faces DWI charge

October 26, 2012
The Leader Herald

JOHNSTOWN - Gloversville 5th Ward Supervisor Michael A. Ponticello was charged with driving while intoxicated last week after crashing his vehicle into a utility pole.

Ponticello, 59, of 279 Kingsboro Ave., Gloversville, was charged at 10:22 p.m. Oct. 19 by Johnstown police.

In addition to the DWI charge, he was charged with operating a motor vehicle with a blood-alcohol content of more than 0.08 percent.

Police said Ponticello was charged near 418 N. Perry St. in Johnstown. He was released on tickets.

Ponticello was elected supervisor in 2011 and took office in January. He is a retired principal of McNab Elementary School in Gloversville.

In a statement to The Leader-Herald on Friday, Ponticello said, "I'm embarrassed and disappointed in myself, and I have embarrassed and disappointed my friends and family also. I've been a leader of my community for over 35 years, and I plan to continue to do that in the future. I don't like what's going on in Gloversville regarding city government and school board issues.

"I have a passion for Gloversville, and this is an isolated incident that I put myself in and put my community down because of it. The justice system will take its course, and I will have to live with that. I apologize to anyone that I have offended because of this incident. This is not my character of total poor judgment and poor behavior."



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