Source: Highland Falls mayor harassed village police

Documents obtained by News 12 appear to highlight alleged abuse of power and bullying by the mayor of Highland Falls against the village police department.

Documents obtained by News 12 appear to highlight alleged abuse of power and bullying by the mayor of Highland Falls against the village police department.

Documents obtained by News 12 appear to highlight alleged abuse of power and bullying by the mayor of Highland Falls against the village police department. (7/6/16)

HIGHLAND FALLS - Documents obtained by News 12 appear to highlight alleged abuse of power and bullying by the mayor of Highland Falls against the village police department.

Former Mayor Joe D'Onofrio accuses current Highland Falls Mayor Patrick Flynn of harassing the department after a police recruit was being arrested for allegedly lying on his application.

In police reports obtained by News 12, the department accuses Flynn of frequently calling the dispatcher, demanding they contact the chief every hour, on the hour, to speak about the recruit's arrest. The chief was on vacation at the time.

Sources also gave News 12 a taped conversation in which the mayor appears to be yelling at an officer about the recruit's employment status.

"Get my writing, get my paperwork done right now — that you're going to sign," says the voice on the tape, which the source identified as Mayor Flynn. "Both of you, that you're disobeying my order."

Flynn denies that he was attempting to bully anyone. He says he was upset that the village could face a lawsuit.

The mayor was also stopped by police earlier this year for allegedly driving without a license. Police accused him of driving without a license more than once, and in one incident was arrested. Those charges were later dismissed.

Flynn says the incident was just a misunderstanding that was blown out of proportion.

Highland Falls Police Chief Ken Scott declined to comment on the controversy.

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