The race for the 37th Senate District heats up.
(The 37th is parts or all of Bedford, Bronxville, Eastchester, Harrison, Larchmont, Mamaroneck, New Rochelle, North Castle, Port Chester, Rye Brook, Rye City, Rye Neck, Tuckahoe, White Plains, Yonkers)
A Manhattan woman who was a witness on hundreds of nominating petitions for the Rob Astorino-created Stop Common Core ballot line says she didn’t actually watch people sign them, according to the New York Daily News.
Incumbent Democrat NY State Senator George Latimer’s campaign has sent local voters an email saying,
“..Fraudulent actions may have occurred in the process of collecting “StopCommonCore” line petitions for Republican candidates Joe Dillon for State Senate and Rob Astorino for Governor — and State Senator George Latimer, Dillon’s Democratic opponent, has called for the State Board of Elections to fully investigate the alleged improprieties.
“If fraud was perpetrated, it wasn’t done by one or two people; like Watergate, it was a conspiracy of a number of people that planned and/or condoned these actions,” Latimer said. “The public deserves to know who did what in the Dillon campaign, and who is culpable under the law.”
Dillon, running on the Republican, Conservative and Independence lines, sought a 4th line, “StopCommonCore”, as did other GOP candidates aligned w/ Rob Astorino’s bid for Governor. Dillon was thrown off the line by the Westchester County Board of Elections for insufficient valid signatures but the Daily News story by Ken Lovett goes further, opening the door for not merely incompetence in petition gathering, but outright fraud.
“Mr. Dillon has made cleaning up Albany’s corruption part of his campaign message. He can start first by cleaning up the potential corruption in his own campaign,” Latimer spokesman Brian Hegt continued.
Relevant materials required for the investigation have been turned over to the Offices the of US Attorney for the Southern District Preet Bharara, County District Attorney Janet DiFiore and the enforcement counsel of the NYS Board of elections.