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Update: City Finance Director Charles Benincasa Pleads Guilty to DWI

By Staff



Charles Benincasa

Update: City of Rochester Finance Director Charles Benincasa has pleaded guilty to misdemeanor Driving While Intoxicated, after changing his plea May 9.

Previously, Benincasa had pleaded not guilty to the crime, during his arraignment in city court March 24.

City Court Judge Rainbow Morse has ordered Benincasa to pay a $500 fine, along with a $395 surcharge, in addition to forfeiting his license for six months, and entering an alcohol education program. He will receive no jail time for the crime. 

However, according to his lawyer, David Spoto, Benincasa has accepted responsibility for his actions, and he will be “paying the price for it. Spoto also said Benincasa has received “adequate” punishment for the crime.

Benincasa, 59, has apologized for his actions, according to a report in the Democrat and Chronicle.

(From March) -City of Rochester Finance Director Charles Benincasa pleaded not guilty to misdemeanor Driving While Intoxicated on the evening of March 3, during his arraignment in city court March 24.

According to police reports, Benincasa told officers he only had one drink of Jim Beam at home, but, the officers said they found “an almost empty fifth of Jack Daniels in the car.”

Benincasa also denied being in an accident, prior to being stopped by the police at around 9 p.m. that evening, but officers said surveillance video at the Culver Rd. McDonald’s in Rochester showed him backing into a vehicle at least three times in the drive-thru.

Following Benincasa’s court appearance, an attorney speaking on his behalf said Benincasa’s work with the city will not be affected by the case.

“In fact Mr. Benincasa is on his way to work as we speak,” John Palermo stated.

A judge ordered Benincasa to turn over his license Thursday, and he is scheduled to return to court April 11.

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