The Watertown Daily Times has a painful story from reporter Martha Ellen, looking at the latest twists and turns in the personal financial melodrama of Mayor Christopher Miller of Gouverneur.
Miller is accused (among other things) of cutting off heat to tenants, failing to pay property taxes, and selling a building that was already in foreclosure.
“He’s not an upstanding citizen at all,” said Kyle J. Travis, who signed a lease with option to purchase the South Street properties May 24. “In his political position, he needs to be reprimanded. He needs to take responsibility.”
According to Ellen, Miller is now filing for bankruptcy. There is no mention of his future political plans, though he did acknowledge that the situation might cause his community some discomfort.
“We’re really taking the necessary steps to get things done,” he said. “I don’t care if I get trashed. What bothers me is it reflecting on the village. We’re trying to make things better.”
Miller was elected in 2010, despite the fact that he served prison time in North Carolina for drug possession and served probation for a felony forgery county.
He also has a longish rap sheet and history of unpaid debts in the North Country, according to a previous Watertown Daily Times article.
In a blog post reacting to the Watertown Daily Times story, Watertown Mayor Jeff Graham opines that Miller will be replaced in the next election.