Shandaken Town Clerk charged after assaulting deputy

By Jay Braman Jr.
The longtime town clerk in the Town of Shandaken was arrested last week following an alleged scuffle between her and the deputy town clerk in the town’s offices in Allaben. Laurilyn Frasier, 59, of Phoenicia, was arrested on Tuesday, July 20 after a complaint was made to the Ulster County Sheriff’s office that Frasier had pushed her deputy, Jacqui Gugleilmetti.
Frasier was charged with second-degree harassment, a violation. Police said Tuesday that she was issued an appearance ticket returnable to the Town of Shandaken Court at a later date.
Reports from sources that were in town hall during the incident indicate that the two women were engaged in a verbal disagreement immediately before the alleged shoving.
Frasier has been town clerk for many years, most recently being re-elected in 2008 to a four-year term.