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Tyner submits formal resignation

Jan 25, 2019 1:00 pm
Diane Pineiro-Zucker is reporting for the Daily Freeman Democrat Joel Tyner has now formally resigned his seat as a Dutchess County Legislator after a significant number of women came forward this week with allegations of sexual harassment. Tyner has vehemently denied the charges, telling Pineiro-Zucker, "I’m not spawn from the loins of Lucifer. What’s going on here? ... It’s just a party at this point. Just a feeding frenzy. Pile on.” Dutchess County Legislature Chairman Gregg Pulver, a Republican representing Pine Plains, on Jan. 24, called on Tyner to formalize his resignation, citing what he said were credible allegations of decades-long sexual harassment of women by the veteran politician. Previously, Pulver said he would need to know the allegations against Tyner were credible before calling for him to step down. Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro also called on Tyner to resign. "These allegations must be investigated to get to the truth. ... These are serious issues, and the women speaking out deserve to be heard,” Molinaro said in a prepared statement. Tyner represented the towns of Rhinebeck and Clinton, and he is one of the longest-serving members of the county Legislature, having first been elected in 2003. Read the full story in the Daily Freeman.