PENN YAN, NY (WENY) -- A now-former Horseheads Village Trustee has lost his seat after pleading guilty to charges following a DWI crash in 2023 that injured several people.

Mark Cronin pleaded guilty in Yates County Court Tuesday to a charge of First Degree Vehicular Assault and Driving While Intoxicated, following an indictment in December. 

According to the Yates County Sheriff's Office, on July 4th, 2023 Cronin was driving while intoxicated when he failed to stop at a stop sign at the intersection of Bath Road and Second Milo Road in Penn Yan. His GMC pickup hit a van carrying eight people, including six of them under age 18. Some of the crash victims had to be airlifted to area hospitals for treatment.

According to New York State Public Officer Law, a conviction or guilty plea to a felony charge of someone in public office results in the vacancy of his or her position.

Following Cronin's plea, Horseheads Village Mayor Kevin Adams said Cronin's position as a elected village trustee was instantaneously vacated. Mayor Adams issued a statement on his official Facebook page, saying:

Former Village Trustee Mark Cronin pleaded guilty to Vehicular Assault in the 1st degree. Per Section 30 of New York State Public Officer Law, this admission of guilt to a felony charge has resulted in the instantaneous vacancy of the Office of Trustee.
This day begins for the residents of the Village of Horseheads, who were represented by Mark Cronin, a move towards a renewed faith in their elected officials.
It is with appreciation I have appointed Ron Finefrock, trustee, to the Village Board. Ron, along with the other trustees and myself, commits to enacting a strategic vision for the Village to accelerate our community past this low point in the Board of Trustees' history.

 

Cronin is scheduled to be sentenced on June 11th.