Officials Call for Town Clerk's Resignation After Arrest

Hempstead Town Clerk Mark Bonilla is facing criminal misconduct charges.

Supervisor Kate Murray and other Hempstead Town officials are calling for the resignation of Town Clerk Mark Bonilla after his arrest Friday.

According to Newsday, the Republican town clerk "attempted to obtain intimate photos of a female subordinate who had filed a claim of sexual harassment against him."

The complaint, filed by Det. Investigator William Walsh, says that on Aug. 19 Bonilla tried to force one of his employees, Alex Desidoro, to supply him with compromising photos of a female employee who had filed the sexual harassment claim against Bonilla.

According to a release, the town attorney’s office investigated complaints against the clerk and contacted the Nassau District Attorney’s Office with information in this matter. Subsequently, detectives from the district attorney’s office arrested the clerk and charged him with three misdemeanors.

“I am personally offended and disgusted by the alleged conduct of the Town Clerk," Supervisor Murray said in a statement issued by the town. "Public officials must hold themselves above reproach, and the credible allegations that have come to my attention have undermined my trust and confidence in him. As a result, I am calling upon the Town Clerk to immediately resign.”

Bonilla, 50, is charged with official misconduct, second-degree attempted coercion and petty larceny. The charges are all misdemeanors.

Bonilla resides in Bellmore and was last elected to his post in 2011. He is also a former 25-year resident of Seaford who grew up in Levittown and graduated from Island Trees High School. The first Hispanic to be elected to a townwide position in the Town of Hempstead, Bonilla has been in office since 2003.

Information for Bonilla's attorney was not immediately available.

Brutally Frank September 25, 2012 at 05:55 AM
Your inability to spell is so distracting that I could barely understand what you wrote. There instead of their. To instead of too, lets instead of let's, adiministrated instead of administrative. Jeez and you were a boss?
Lorraine DeVita September 25, 2012 at 01:49 PM
I mean really they changed the LOCKS to his office? How childish and unprofessional of MS Murray and crew, the man is still employed, hasnt resigned, isnt suspended, isnt on leave, you havent fired him so why change the locks. I do not condone sexual harrassment HOWEVER I also do not condone jumping the gun when the person hasnt been convicted of anything YET. If he is guilty then throw the book at him if he isnt then Ms Murray will have egg on her face and probably a huge defamation of character lawsuit in the making ..
BigIdeas September 26, 2012 at 07:23 PM
Where's that photo from? His High School Yearbook?
Jenn September 27, 2012 at 07:10 PM
I just want to point out that there are many people who walk among us that are super-wonderful people who give others everything they have in order to help or to be the "nice guy". Some of those people have ended up murdering their families, discovered to be drug dealers, lied, cheated and stolen -- only to have the friends and neighbors stand up in front of a news camera shaking their heads and saying "but he was so nice/helpful/quiet/polite/caring" etc. I am NOT saying he is or isn't guilty - let the evidence and the law decide, but please stop using a persons previous good behavior to determine their ability to behave badly.
Robert Demarco September 29, 2012 at 11:44 AM
And for giving us a chance to sound off and share our views.


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