HALFMOON — Mindy Wormuth, the former supervisor for the Town of Halfmoon, died this weekend at the age of 53.
The Saratoga County Republican Committee posted about Wormuth’s death on Facebook Sunday evening. The cause of her death was not immediately revealed by officials. She had posted on her Facebook feed as recently as April 12.
Pete Bardunias, the former president of the Chamber of Southern Saratoga County, wrote on Facebook that Wormuth was very helpful to him during his time with the CSSC, describing their relationship as “respectful and straightforward.”
“She reached out to me within a week of my coming here to lead the CSSC back in 2011, and helped me understand some very real (and self-inflicted) challenges our organization faced in winning the trust and support of the leadership of the Town at that time,” he wrote. “My reply to her at the time that we were going to make sure there was never any doubt that we took our role very seriously as Halfmoon’s local chamber of commerce.”
Others also commented that Wormuth was kind and helpful to them.
Wormuth served as the Halfmoon Town Supervisor for six years, from 2007 to 2013. Wormuth was unanimously appointed to the position by Halfmoon’s Town Board when she served as deputy supervisor at the age of 39. The town supervisor at the time, Ken DeCerce, had left office for a job in the private sector.
In 2013, Wormuth was asked to resign from her post by town board members following FBI probes into her business dealings. Wormuth was arrested on Oct. 18, 2013 and sentenced in December 2015 to a year and one day in federal prison for taking cash bribes in exchange for using her government position to lobby state and Saratoga County officials. Wormuth admitted stealing thousands of dollars from a campaign account in a series of thefts dating to 2009.
Wormuth pleaded guilty in August 2015 to a two-count indictment handed up in October 2013 charging her with extortion and lying to FBI agents. She admitted taking $5,500 in bribes from an FBI informant and lying to FBI agents after being confronted in an Albany hotel room as she received $2,000 cash from an undercover agent.
While her federal case was pending, a 2014 court order mandated Wormuth receive substance-abuse treatment related to depression from her situation, her then-attorney E. Stewart Jones told the Times Union at the time.