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October 12, 2013

Ethics reprimand issued by Essex County

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"(The voters) were sent new ballots.”

Sherman, a Westport resident, was named election commissioner in 2010. She replaced Lewis Sanders of Ticonderoga, who resigned in February 2010 after being out on sick leave for six months. Election commissioners receive about $18,000 a year each plus health-insurance benefits and are part-time county employees, while deputy commissioners are full-time.

In the interview, Sherman said she knew the absentee ballots could not be used to vote until a specific date, but didn’t know they couldn’t be issued at all.

“Two election workers came in — we were training them to be (voting machine) techs. I knew we could not receive their ballots for two weeks. I had no recollection we couldn’t give them out for two weeks. 

"Someone from my office called and made this a big deal to Dan Manning. He turned it over to the Ethics Board.”

'SETTLED DUE TO COST'

County Attorney Daniel Manning III represents the Ethics Board as part of his duties as counsel for Essex County. The board, chaired by Michael Orticelle, held meetings earlier this year with Sherman and her attorney, Joseph Brennan of Glens Falls, before she agreed to the decision.

Sherman said she settled the case because of the cost of defending herself.

“You can’t make one mistake. Never mind all the good things I accomplished there.”

Sherman is currently second vice chair of the Essex County Republican Committee.

Email Lohr McKinstry: lmckinstry@pressrepublican.com

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