SILVER CREEK – A Forestville woman was charged Tuesday with making a terrorist threat in the Hanover Town assessor’s office.
Jeanne Polisoto, 67, of Forestville is accused of entering the town clerk’s office and making a bomb threat. Polisoto, who regularly attends town, village and county meetings, also makes Freedom of Information Law (FOIL) requests to towns and villages and speaks out on a variety of issues.
She was able to post bail, according to Silver Creek Village Justice Richard Saletta, who arraigned her on Tuesday. Saletta had set bail at $15,000 cash or $30,000 property bond, as recommended by Chautauqua County District Attorney David Foley.
A preliminary hearing was canceled after she posted bail. Initially, she was unable to post the sum and was taken to the Chautauqua County Jail in Mayville.
Town Hall was not evacuated during the threat, officials said.
Hanover Supervisor Todd Johnson, who said he is looking into the legalities of banning Polisoto from town meetings, said this is not the first time the suspect has created a disturbance in town offices.
In addition to making a terroristic threat, Polisoto was charged with harassment in the second degree and obstructing governmental administration in the second degree.
Saletta said her next Village Court appearance is scheduled for Nov. 6. He also said he expects the case to be transferred to Chautauqua County Court because of the nature of the charges.
Johnson said he also is investigating if Polisoto can be banned from public buildings.