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  • Town official accused of taking bribe

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  • Federal authorities have accused a town official of improperly accepting money to lobby in her official capacity to legalize mixed martial arts in New York.
    An indictment unsealed Thursday charges Halfmoon Supervisor Melinda Wormuth with two felonies, accepting $7,500 in “consultant fees” for using her position as town supervisor and member of the Saratoga County Board of Supervisors to lobby this year for MMA and lying to investigators about the legal advice she obtained while accepting the fees.
    Calls to Wormuth and her attorneys were not immediately returned.
    The indictment says she wrote letters in May on her official letterhead to state legislators urging legalization of the sport.
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