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Police Benevolent Association asks Monticello mayor to step down

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MONTICELLO, N.Y. — The Monticello Police Benevolent Association is calling for Monticello Mayor Gordon Jenkins resignation.

"It’s a sad situation and I think he needs some help and he should get it," said John Riegler, president of the P.B.A..

He said the behavior of Mayor Gordon Jenkins after being arrested for DWI last weekend was completely inappropriate.

While Jenkins was being held by Village Police last Saturday, he could be heard in surviellance video, obtained by YNN yelling, racial slurs to officers.

"People behave this way, but the people we deal with aren’t public officials and are not a village manager, he should've behaved a little better and known better," said Riegler.

This isn't Jenkins first run in with police. In 2011, Jenkins pleaded guilty to selling counterfeit sneakers at his store, and in 2012, he was arrested for allegedly hitting a police officer.

All this, Riegler said, is enough.

"As the P.B.A. president, I'd like to officially ask the Mayor to step down as both mayor and village manager and move on with his life and let the village get back in order," said Riegler.

YNN reached out to Mayor Jenkins to get his thoughts about the P.B.A asking him to resign. He said he is not planning to step down and that he still has a lot of work to do in the village.

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