Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — Carney expressed remorsein a statement released on Friday in which he said he made a “terrible choice to drink at a local establishment and get behind the wheel of my car.”
“I am profoundly sorry for my actions,” he said in the statement. “The fact is 19 years ago I faced the reality that I have a problem with alcohol and joined Alcoholics Anonymous. I did not have a drink for more than 15 years and attended meetings regularly. Under the misguided notion that I would be able to control my drinking, I began to reintroduce alcohol into my life.”
He added: “The sad fact is, I was never in control. Last night is a grievous error and a time to acknowledge I need help. Today I was placed on an unpaid leave of absence from my position at the Niagara County Board of Elections. I am using this time to enter alcohol rehabilitation. I am sorry to my wife and family for the embarrassment this causes and to the community for my poor judgment and decision.”
Carney will return to North Tonawanda City Court on Thursday. Contact reporter Michael Regan at 693-1000, ext. 4115.