Updated 03/20/2013 07:59 AM
Corning City Council holds special meeting to discuss councilman's future
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CORNING, N.Y. -- The Corning City Council held a special meeting Tuesday night to discuss whether one of their own is eligible to continue serving.
Councilman Lee Welles, who represents the second ward, has moved out of the district for personal reasons. She says she is actively searching for a new home within the district.
Some of her colleagues, however, believe she should be removed from the board since she is no longer a resident.
The mayor of Corning says Welles should not resign as long as she plans to return and said Tuesday night's meeting was uncalled for.
“I don't agree with them because I have given them a 14-page legal opinion backed up by an attorney from NYCOM. I personally think she is fine as long as she has the intent to move back to the second ward,” said Mayor Richard Negri.
Welles received support from several members of her constituency. The mayor says if the council members want to pursue the issue of removing Councilman Welles, they would have to contact the New York State Attorney General's office.