NEWBURGH – Newburgh City Comptroller John Aber resigned and was arrested Tuesday, City Manager Michael Ciaravino announced.
“There is an investigation pending regarding grand larceny related to his resignation,” the city manager said.
Mayor Judy Kennedy confirmed that city funds were involved. She praised Ciaravino and Police Chief Daniel Cameron for their quick action following their investigation.
“I am very pleased that both our city manager and our police department acted with integrity. In a minute they found this out and in the minute they found this out, started an investigation and came to a conclusion they took action,” Kennedy said. “There is no cover up, there is no hesitation and that integrity is what we are trying to change here at City Hall, so that means a lot, stands for a lot and I support it wholeheartedly.”
Ciaravino appointed Kathryn Mack as acting comptroller.
This is the second Newburgh city department head to quit in recent months amid scandal. Former Fire Chief Michael Vatter resigned when he was arrested on charges that he illegally collected a state pension.