East Rockaway Village's clerk-treasurer faces up to one year in jail following her arrest May 5 on a shoplifting charge at Green Acres Mall.
Nassau County police arrested Doris Piedimonte, 50, at the J.C. Penney store in the Valley Stream mall. Police, who declined to say what Piedimonte allegedly stole, charged the Valley Stream resident with petty larceny, a misdemeanor.
Piedimonte, who is paid $92,000 per year, has been suspended from her village job with pay pending her criminal case and a village investigation, said village attorney John Ryan. She has yet to enter a plea and is due in District Court in Hempstead on June 6.
Ryan said Piedimonte has worked for the village for more than 10 years, first as a deputy clerk and comptroller before becoming clerk-treasurer in 2011. She is well-liked by colleagues, who are reeling from the arrest, he said.
"It is a terrible shock and a terrible surprise and it's not a happy moment for anybody," Ryan said.
The village board could make a determination about Piedimonte's status before the criminal case concludes, Ryan said. For now, two deputies are carrying out her duties, he said.
Piedimonte faces a class A misdemeanor, which carries a maximum penalty of 1 year in jail and a $1,000 fine.
Piedimonte's attorney, Richard Leff of Kew Gardens, said she will enter a not guilty plea on June 6. He declined to comment on the specifics of the case.
"We'll deal with this in court," Leff said. "She's a real lovely woman."
Piedimonte is the village's primary tax collector and record keeper, Ryan said.