West York council to vote on mayor's resignation

Written by The Associated Press | Oct 17, 2016 8:36 AM

John Terlazzo, 61, of York, center, waits for his turn to speak during a West York council meeting last week. Borough Mayor Charles Wasko sent a letter this week to council members detailing four requests and said he would resign. (Photo: Paul Chaplin, For the York Daily Record)

(York) -- West York borough council is expected to vote tonight on the mayor's offer to resign over racist pictures on his Facebook page, including two depicting apes with captions referring to President  Obama and his family.

One image of a wagon full of orangutans refers to "moving day'' at the White House, while another referred to lynching.

Council members have already voted to censure Mayor Charles Wasko, but they have no power to throw him out of office.

Wasko has said he's the victim of a "witch hunt'' originating with a fight over the borough's police chief.

The Republican has offered to resign if the council replaces the acting police chief with a man Wasko supports who council placed on paid leave weeks ago.

Keystone Crossroads has found removing local elected officials is harder in Pennsylvania than in all but two states.

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