The top aide for Republicans on the county Legislature was arrested over the weekend for a physical confrontation he had with his 17-year-old son.
Rich Crist is charged with two counts of misdemeanor endangering the welfare of a child and one count of harassment, a violation.
According to sources, there has been a months-long disciplinary issue with the 17-year-old that included involvement by law enforcement. The issue culminated in the early morning hours Friday in the parking lot of the Castleton Elementary School and included use of a family vehicle and efforts to get it back. It’s unclear who called Schodack Police to the scene, but in the end Crist was arrested on the abovementioned charges.
Crist, who is the county’s de facto Republican Party chairman, was released on his own recognizance. He will be arraigned at a later date since town police could not find a judge to perform the arraignment. When contacted, he declined comment.
Crist makes 95,000-plus in his role as legislative liaison, a position he has held for some two decades. He is also the Republicans’ most prolific operative in the rough and tumble world of Rensselaer County politics. He has come under fire in the past for allegedly doing political work out of the county office building using county staffers. He has also worked as a consultant on a number of local judicial and other races as well as statewide and congressional campaigns and serves as the Schodack Republican chairman.
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