Ti highway chief to resign

TICONDEROGA - Ticonderoga's highway superintendent will resign tomorrow.

That's when Arthur "Pat" Morrison Sr. is expected to enter a plea of guilty to official misconduct in Ticonderoga town court. His resignation is part of a plea agreement.

Morrison was arrested, charged with accepting illegal kick backs from a vendor, in September 2009.

Morrison was charged with receiving reward for official misconduct, a Class E felony, and official misconduct, a Class A misdemeanor.

Morrison is alleged to have accepted $2,000 in retail store gift cards from a vendor in exchange for purchasing large volumes of chemicals at above-market prices.

Morrison issued a written statement. It reads:

"While in this office I can honestly say I have been fortunate enough to work with some outstanding people starting with my crew right up to upper management in N.Y.S.D.O.T. My whole life I've been raised to do the right thing, and to make sure I was standing on the right side of a line that can be easily missed in the shadows of the color grey.

"While in this position I was tempted to cross that line and managed to hang on to my beliefs and my sense of right and wrong, until the safety of my family was in question, and that was the only reason for taking that life changing step.

"I would like to say a heartfelt thank you to those that have stood by me throughout this ordeal, starting with, of course, my family. Without their help and support, along with a whole lot of patience, we wouldn't have gotten this far. Then there are the people that would just stop me on the street or make a phone call offering words of encouragement, along with the people writing letters to the various government agencies. I would also like to thank all the town employees for the professionalism shown to me which enabled us to continue a working relationship, not to mention a friendship that I think was most beneficial to the taxpayers and believe me I will miss working with you.

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