SHAWANGUNK – The man, who was convicted of violating an order of
protection by pestering Ulster County Comptroller, Democrat Elliott Auerbach,
was sentenced Monday night in Shawangunk Town Court to three years of
probation and to adhere to a stay-away order preventing him from any contact
with Auerbach and his family.
Michael Wendel, a registered Conservative, plans to run against Auerbach in the November election and last week secured his party’s nomination. County Conservative Chairman Edward Gaddy said on Monday he was unaware of Wendel’s legal issue with regard to Auerbach.
“I am going to call a meeting of the Conservative Party Executive Committee and we are going to have to come to a resolution on this matter,” Gaddy said. He said one option is to withdraw the party’s support of Wendel’s candidacy. “That is certainly one possibility. We are going to have to discuss this as the entire group. This is a very serious matter,” he told Mid-Hudson News.
As part of the protection order imposed by Shawangunk Town Judge Kevin Hunt, Wendel must stay at least 500 feet away from Auerbach and his family during any political activity attended by both parties.