Former mayor and trustee have heated exchange at Horseheads Village Board meeting

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The Horseheads Village Board held its first meeting Thursday night, a week after the former mayor turned in her resignation after a reported power struggle.

Louise McIntosh was joined by concerned residents as they spoke out at the public portion of the meeting. Many of the residents attended the meeting hoping to find out what happened. “When do you respond?,” Horseheads resident Dawn Bush asked the board. “When do we get answers? What is going on and how do we find out?”

Last week, McIntosh handed in her resignation after an executive board meeting. McIntosh, who was village mayor since December of 2015, said a power struggle between herself and some of the trustees led her to quit. “We’re all friends, we’re all neighbors,” Horseheads resident Debbie Hicks said. “We all live within about three blocks from one another. It seems to me that something could have been worked out.”

As Trustee Pat Gross was explaining what she said happened in last weekend meeting, McIntosh had enough and stormed out. 

The new village mayor, Robert Maloney did not comment about the situation. He told 18 News he was glad neighbors came out to voice their concerns. 

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