North Hempstead Deputy Town Clerk Concetta Terry, cited by the ethics board for failure to disclose debts, has resigned, a town spokeswoman confirmed Monday.
Terry, 60, of Roslyn Heights, submitted her resignation to Town Clerk Wayne Wink on Friday, North Hempstead spokeswoman Carole Trottere said. The resignation is effective Tuesday and requires the approval of the North Hempstead Town Board, which meets Tuesday.
Terry, the wife of former Democratic Party chairman Gerard Terry, was cited by the North Hempstead ethics board at its May 9 meeting for failing to disclose debts in her financial disclosure forms.
Ethics board members, in a letter issued to town board members on May 12, wrote they had “found reasonable cause to believe that a violation of the Town of North Hempstead Code of Ethics has occurred.” Concetta Terry was allowed to defend herself at an ethics board meeting after the notice of violation was issued, but that never occurred, Trottere said.
The ethics board wrote in the letter, titled “Notice of Reasonable Cause,” that Concetta Terry “failed to disclose a debt” in her financial disclosure form and amended forms for 2007, 2008, 2012 and 2013. It also said she “understated the category of a debt” on her amended forms for 2012 and 2013.
Concetta Terry could not be reached for comment.
She was paid $80,371 annually and had received a nearly $9,000 raise in June 2014 after Town Supervisor Judi Bosworth and Wink were sworn in to office. Concetta Terry was transferred from the Receiver of Taxes office, where she had been paid $69,369, to the clerk’s office. Terry received a 3 percent raise in 2015.
Wink did not respond to requests for comment Monday. Bosworth declined to comment through her spokeswoman. Ethics board chairman Joseph Sciame did not respond to a request for comment.
Gerard Terry was arrested on April 12 and charged with felony tax fraud for not filing a tax return in 2010. Prosecutors said that he “regularly failed to voluntarily pay New York State personal income taxes” since 2000 and that more charges may be filed.
Newsday reported in January that Terry had compiled nearly $1.4 million in state and federal tax debts as he made hundreds of thousands of dollars in public positions in Nassau County government. He resigned, or was terminated, as North Hemsptead Democratic Party chairman, an attorney for the Nassau County Board of Elections, North Hempstead outside counsel and zoning board of appeals lawyer, the Long Beach Housing Authority, and Roosevelt Library Board. Terry remains counsel to the Freeport Community Development Agency, executive director Kimberly Labrador confirmed last week.
Town officials have not commented on whether Concetta Terry would be cited for not disclosing her husband’s tax debts on her forms, which require her to list all debts in excess of $5,000 of her spouse.
The ethics board has the authority to issue penalties of up to $10,000, or refer a case for criminal prosecution.