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CLCS superintendent charged with DWI

March 3, 2016
By Katrina Fuller ( , Westfield Republican

LAKEWOOD - The Chautauqua Lake Central School District superintendent was charged Feb. 21 after allegedly driving while intoxicated.

The Lakewood-Busti Police Department confirmed Feb. 25 that Benjamin Spitzer, 52, superintendent of Chautauqua Lake, was charged with DWI on East Fairmount Avenue at 6:32 p.m.

Chief John Bentley of the Lakewood-Busti Police Department said the confirmation was based on what Spitzer told the officers at the time.

He was charged with driving while intoxicated and driving while intoxicated per se.

Spitzer was stopped after a vehicle complaint was called in describing his vehicle as possibly being driven by an intoxicated driver, according to police.

He was processed by Lakewood-Busti Police and later released. Bentley said Spitzer is due back in court on March 8.

Jay Baker, board president, sent a statement on behalf of the board regarding the situation.

"The Chautauqua Lake Central School Board acknowledges receipt of the information concerning Superintendent Ben Spitzer, and the board is not in a position to take action until such time as due process of law is completed. Superintendent Spitzer is represented by private counsel in this matter at no cost to the district," it read.

According to the Empire Center's SeeThroughNY, Spitzer's current contract, which is active from May 25, 2011, to May 24, 2016, allows that charges may be brought against the superintendent by the board, but does not specify a list of situations or incidents.

According to SeeThroughNY's payroll database, Spitzer made $146,072 in 2015.



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