Firefighter Charged With ArsonPosted: Updated:
According to State Police, 41-year-old Jason Stokes, an Endicott firefighter, was arrested on Thursday after he was charged for second degree arson.
Authorities say the arrest follows an investigation into a fire at Stokes' home at 410 East Main Street in Endicott on August 10th.
The occupants of the home escaped the early-morning blaze without injury. Stokes was placed on a paid leave from the department after the fire. Endicott Mayor John Bertoni said this morning Stokes is still on administrative leave but the village is looking at the entire case to see how to move forward. Bertoni says it is a case that greatly impacts the village. He did not want to comment on camera Friday, saying the arrest is still fresh, but may have more to say next week.
Endicott Police Chief Patrick Garey says his department turned over the investigation to New York State Police the night of the incident. Stokes, who is in Broome County Jail pending arraignment, ran unsuccessfully for State Assembly in 2010. His run hit a snag when he admitted he paid 600 dollars in exchange for petition signatures. That is illegal, though paying workers by the hour to collect signatures is not.
Authorities say Stokes' arrest followed a lengthy investigation and say he was arrested on an arrest warrant issued by Broome County Court.
Neither State Police nor the Broome County District Attorney's Office offered any additional comment when reached Friday.