CLIFTON PARK – A Niskayuna City Board member operating for re-election was charged with driving whereas intoxicated final week in Clifton Park.
Board member John Della Ratta, 55, was charged Sept. 27 with misdemeanor driving whereas intoxicated, data present.
He additionally faces infractions of refusing to take a breath check, driving whereas capability impaired by alcohol and two site visitors tickets, data present.
Della Ratta was stopped by Saratoga County sheriff’s deputies on Route 146 simply after 7 p.m. on Sept. 27, in response to allegations filed in courtroom.
He was additionally accused of transferring from a lane unsafely and improper or no sign, each infractions.
Della Ratta was launched and is due in courtroom later this month.
Della Ratta Wednesday afternoon issued a press release in regards to the incident and supplied an apology. However he additionally requested folks to withhold judgment.
“There is no such thing as a excuse for what occurred; I need to and can do higher,” Della Ratta mentioned within the assertion. “I apologize to my household, who has already been via a lot this 12 months, in addition to my colleagues and our residents for bringing unfavourable consideration to our fantastic city. I additionally ask that I be presumed harmless till I’ve my day in courtroom given the blood alcohol stage alleged is nicely under the extent for driving whereas intoxicated below New York State Legal guidelines.”
Della Ratta mentioned the check confirmed a stage of 0.06%. Paperwork present a breath evaluation was administered simply over an hour after the cease.
Drivers in New York state with a blood alcohol content material of 0.08 or greater could also be charged with misdemeanor driving whereas intoxicated. A decrease cost of driving whereas capability impaired by alcohol, categorised as an infraction, might be filed based mostly on a blood alcohol content material of 0.05 to 0.07 %.
Sheriff Michael Zurlo couldn’t be reached for touch upon the arrest.
Della Ratta works half time, 28 hours per week, for the Schenectady County Public Defender’s Workplace. No disciplinary motion is anticipated towards Della Ratta, mentioned Public Defender Stephen Signore.
“If it have been one thing that occurred on the job there’s a good argument for it,” Signore mentioned. “Plus it will be hypocritical since we’re all harmless till confirmed responsible.”
Della Ratta was first elected to the Niskayuna City Board in 2013. He’s at present operating for a 3rd time period in November’s election. Niskayuna Democratic Committee Chairwoman Denise Murphy McGraw, who can also be a City Board member, couldn’t be reached for touch upon the standing of the social gathering’s endorsement of Della Ratta.