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Judge selects prosecutor for Marchionda case

PENN YAN—On July 2, Acting Yates County Judge Dennis Bender named Steuben County District Attorney John Tunney special prosecutor to handle the case against former Penn Yan Mayor Douglas Marchionda Jr.
Marchionda appeared in Penn Yan village court Aug. 2. During the brief hearing before village Justice Danny Hibbard, Marchionda reserved his local court rights.
Following the hearing, Alan Reed, representative of Tunney’s office, said Tunney will review the investigation material, statutory and case law, and then proceed.  Reed said the next step is to determine what can be prosecuted and whether the matter will stay local or go to the grand jury.
Asked why a special prosecutor from Steuben County was named, Reed said there are often conflicts. Marchionda completed his second term as Penn Yan mayor in May. Prior to that, he served several years as a village trustee and was also a Yates County legislator for one term. He is currently employed at the Penn Yan Water Plant and is a Yates County coroner.
In June, Marchionda was arrested on two felony counts; fourth degree grand larceny and falsifying business records in the first degree. The charges are related to purchase of a used motor home in 2005.  Marchionda is scheduled to return to Penn Yan village court Aug. 9.




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