PUTNAM COUNTY, N.Y. -- Barney Molloy, chairman of the Putnam County Visitors Bureau pleaded not guilty Wednesday to swiping four copies of the New York Times from a local merchant, according to multiple reports.
Molly, who is also a member of the Cold Springs Area Chamber of Commerce, appeared in front of a judge in the Village of Cold Spring Court to answer charges that he had taken the paper on four different occasions between November and December 2016 from the Cupoccino Café, said The Putnam Examiner.
The Cold Spring resident was charged with misdemeanor theft after Officer Thomas Ciero of the Cold Spring Police Department said in a signed statement that at about 6 a.m. Nov. 18, Nov. 21, Nov. 29 and Dec. 12, Molloy “untied the bundle of New York Times newspapers delivered to the business, removed one and placed it in his tote bag, all prior to the business being open,” reported the Highland Current.
The officer put the value of the four papers at $10.
Following the arraignment, Molloy, in a full suit, told the Examiner that he didn't have any comment. He is scheduled to appear again in court on March 8.
In an earlier story about the thefts, Molloy told the Putnam County News and Recorder that he settled any money he owed to the business every few days.
Molloy, who works for Legislator John Testa, the Republican minority leader of the Westchester County Board of Legislators, has been active in Cold Springs politics since moving to the area several years ago.