Clarkstown police officials issued this statement:
The Clarkstown Police Department is still aggressively investigating the homicide of Peggy Nadell. The primary focus and goal of the investigation is to determine who killed Peggy Nadell and to bring that person or persons to justice.
The case is a sensitive matter and to release specific details about the investigation may compromise the outcome. Therefore, the Clarkstown Police Department will not be distracted by reports which take away from the focus of the investigation, including reports of Clarkstown Town Justice Howard Gerber’s actions.
Chief Sullivan said, “I find it troubling that Judge Gerber has chosen to involve himself in this investigation, and I have referred this matter to the State Commission on Judicial Misconduct for their review. Should Judge Gerber’s actions rise to the level of criminal conduct or not is a question that is currently being reviewed in conjunction with the Rockland County District Attorney’s Office. However, the complete focus and goal of the Clarkstown Police Department is to identify and bring to justice those responsible for the death of Mrs. Peggy Nadell, a goal that we feel has been seriously impeded by the actions of Judge Gerber."
As information becomes available that will not impede the progress of the case they will be released accordingly, otherwise we decline to speak about specific investigatory details at this time.