At Public Meeting, Mayor Accused of Sleeping With Man's Wife

'I saw him in my house for Thanksgiving with the food inside'
By Michael Harthorne,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 24, 2016 5:15 PM CST
Mayor Demeza Delhomme laughs after being released from jail in 2014 following a dispute involving a children's day camp. On Tuesday, he was accused of home-wrecking in the middle of a public meeting.   (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

(Newser) – The mayor of a village in New York was accused of sleeping with a village worker's wife during a raucous public meeting on Tuesday, the Journal News reports. "Mr. Delhomme is trying to use his power to get into my house," 48-year-old maintenance worker Reginald Alfred said during the meeting's public comment period. "He destroyed my house. He destroyed my family. I have two daughters." Spring Valley Mayor Demeza Delhomme denied the allegations, but that wasn't the end of it. “You screwed his wife and you say you don’t know him?” Gawker quotes one angry village trustee. “I saw him in my house for Thanksgiving with the food inside,” the New York Post quotes further accusations from Alfred.

Alfred appeared to have public approval—if not proof—on his side. The crowd cheered his accusations while booing Delhomme's denials. “If you really did this, you should be ashamed of yourself,” the Post quotes one Spring Valley resident. The meeting, while extreme, was not out of place in the village of 32,500. Gawker notes Delhomme has been a "bad mayor, in general." He was secretly recorded saying he wouldn't approve any projects from Jewish developers, and he once declared himself "king of the village." He even forced a city employee to install a generator for his girlfriend in the middle of a snowstorm. Delhomme admits Alfred's wife works at his bank, but he wouldn't say whether or not he knows her. He says he filed a police report against Alfred following the meeting.

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