Complaints filed against Miller alleging campaign finance violations
By Edward Harris / firstname.lastname@example.org
Posted Oct 12, 2018 at 12:01 AM
Updated Oct 12, 2018 at 7:31 AM
Six people in the 101st Assembly District have filed a complaint with the New York State Board of Elections and the Attorney General’s Office against Assemblyman Brian Miller for what they believe to be campaign finance violations in 2016.
The complaint specifically looks at loans Miller received from Michael B. Waterman. Campaign finance reports filed with the Board of Elections show Waterman provided Miller with two loans, one for $2,500 on July 25, 2016, and another for $6,000 on Aug. 12, 2016.
These same records show another set of loans coming from Waterman’s wife, Debra, for the same amounts on the same dates.
Michael Waterman serves as Miller’s chief of staff.
Miller, R-New Hartford, was elected to the Assembly in 2016, replacing Claudia Tenney, who was elected to Congress.
Cheryl Couser, deputy director of public information with the Board of Elections, said loans turn into campaign contributions if they are not repaid by the day after the election. After the election, the BOE’s Compliance Unit looks over the financial disclosure forms. The matter is referred to the BOE’s Division of Election Law Enforcement if the contributions come in over the $4,400 non-family contribution limit.
The general election in 2016 was Nov. 8. Therefore, the loans needed to be paid back by Nov. 9 or they would turn into contributions. According to campaign finance reports, the loans from the Watermans were not repaid as of Oct. 1, 2018.
“My opponent doesn’t have his facts right,” Miller said in a statement to the Observer-Dispatch. “My opponent doesn’t have the law right. I’m in compliance with all state Board of Election rules and regulations. Any suggestion that Mr. Waterman was not hired on the merit of his experience and qualifications is categorically false.”
Tom Schimmerling of East Meredith is one of the six people who filed the complaint.
“We just don’t like to see this,” he said. “It needs to be investigated.”
Schimmerling also took issue with Michael Waterman serving as Miller’s chief of staff. Couser said, however, there was no provision in the election law that prohibits hiring someone that makes a donation.Read more
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WALTON, New York—The day after Brett Kavanaugh was confirmed to the United States Supreme Court, Alice Kane was pissed.
A 74-year-old retired teacher, she stood in the foyer of the Walton Theatre on Sunday night on her way out to a poorly lit street in this small town in southeastern New York. Her anger, in that moment, was directed at the Republican-led Senate for what she felt was its irresponsible handling of judicial nominations that preceded even Kavanaugh’s.
“When Mitch McConnell, in my opinion, unconstitutionally said that a president did not have the right to appoint a Supreme Court judge for 8-10 months, he should have been impeached,” Kane told The Daily Beast, referring to the Senate majority leader’s stance on the appointment of Merrick Garland during the final year of Barack Obama’s presidency. “The president has the right, in fact he has the duty, to appoint somebody and the Senate had the duty to advise and consent.”
Kane is the type of voter the Republican Party could use if it wants to hold on to control in the House. She resides in one of the cycle’s higher-profile toss-up districts and has a history of backing Republicans. She voted GOP until President Trump burst onto the scene in 2016. And she’s extremely politically active, having once left the hospital to go cast a ballot.
But this year, in part because of both Kavanaugh and Trump, she is not returning to her party roots. Kane says she will not back GOP incumbent Rep. John Faso (R-NY), who is trying to hold on to his seat in New York’s 19th Congressional District.
“I wouldn’t vote for Faso,” she said, citing a conversation she had with the congressman in which he made it seem to her that he would stand up to Trump. “If the man turned into Lazarus asking for that one drop of water, I’d say, ‘Ask the president, he’s got a lot of it.’”Read more
From Gotham Gazette
Race-Baiting Politics Has No Place in Our District, or Any
September 27, 2018 | by Gareth Rhodes
Drive through Greene County New York, just 90 minutes north of New York City, and you’ll see a large sign on the highway that pretty concisely states the main takeaway of the campaign Republicans are running here in New York’s 19th Congressional District: “DELGADO FOR CONGRESS. NEVER. EX-RAPPER HATES WHITES & AMERICA.”
The sign’s recent appearance coincided with the release of a new television ad by the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC), where the narrator states that Antonio Delgado, the Democratic nominee for Congress, who is African American, “claims he’s like us,” before playing 30 seconds of cherry-picked and spliced hip-hop lyrics over noticeably darkened, hooded images of Delgado, taken from a short music career he pursued over a decade ago. As anyone living here in NY-19 will tell you, this ad, and many just like it, have been playing non-stop on television, radio, and sites such as Hulu and YouTube since early July, backed by nearly $2 million in spending from the NRCC and Speaker Paul Ryan's Congressional Leadership Fund Super PAC (CLF).
This isn’t the first time in history stoking racial prejudices has been deployed as an electoral strategy. But with a record number of Democratic House candidates who are people of color, the Republican party in 2018 appears to be abandoning its decades pattern of innuendo and coded language, and shamelessly taking these tactics to a new level – overtly race-based attacks against the candidates themselves.
Antonio Delgado is a formidable opponent. And I should know, he beat me in the Democratic primary campaign just a few months ago. He is an inspiring campaigner and tireless worker who grew up in Upstate New York to parents working middle class jobs at GE. He’s a Rhodes Scholar and a graduate of Harvard Law School — the type of story we don’t see enough of here in Upstate New York — a committed husband and father. And he has the kind of diversity of experiences Congress is so badly lacking, from his career in hip hop advocating for social justice, to his time as an attorney spending thousands of hours championing pro bono causes including fighting for reduced sentences for juveniles facing life imprisonment.Read more
KINGSTON, N.Y. (AP) — Actress Diane Neal will be on the November ballot as an independent congressional candidate in a sprawling upstate New York district after winning a court case over her petition signatures.
The state Board of Elections last month rejected over 1,800 of the more than 4,100 signatures on Neal’s petition to get on the ballot in the 19th Congressional District. On Monday, the state Supreme Court Appellate Division ruled in Neal’s favor in her challenge of the decision.
Democrat Antonio Delgado is challenging Republican Rep. John Faso to represent the district north of the New York City area.
Neal portrayed Assistant District Attorney Casey Novak on “Law and Order: SVU.” She hasn’t held political office and lives in the Ulster County village of Hurley.
DELHI, SEPTEMBER 4 – Delaware County Democrats today announced their support of Judge Elizabeth Burns, of Cortland, NY, as the next Supreme Court Justice for New York’s 6th Judicial District.
“Given the broad range in the kinds of cases heard by the NY Supreme Court, our committee understands that an extensive and well-rounded judicial experience is an imperative qualification for a Supreme Court Justice nominee. In the field of candidates, Elizabeth Burns’ background clearly stands out as best in fulfilling this criterion, “ said Kathleen Hayek, Chairperson. “She has practiced law in courts throughout the district on both sides of the bench, including in Delaware County. She is also an experienced judge and advocate for Drug Treatment Court. With drug addiction continuing to plague our rural district, her experience and advocacy for this program is a strong asset in this race.”
KINGSTON, N.Y. (AP) — It looks like curtains for “Law and Order” actress Diane Neal in her bid for a new role as congresswoman from a sprawling upstate New York district.
The state Board of Elections has invalidated Neal’s nominating petition to get on the November ballot as an independent candidate in the 19th Congressional District. The board rejected 1,852 of the 4,181 signatures on Neal’s petition, leaving her 1,171 short of the needed 3,500.
Neal said Friday that the board is doing the bidding of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. She says she’s confident she’ll succeed in her appeal to the state Supreme Court.
Democrat Antonio Delgado is challenging incumbent Republican Rep. John Faso to represent the district north of the New York City metro area.
Neal, who portrayed Assistant District Attorney Casey Novak on “Law and Order: SVU,” hasn’t held political office.
Full page at https://apnews.com/d99d709ab13f49d7b1a22cd6a358c90a
Richard Moody Columbia-Greene Media
August 9, 2018 11:30 pm
ALBANY — The field in the 19th Congressional District race was reduced by one after the state Board of Elections ruled Thursday that Luisa Parker, an independent candidate from Callicoon, filed an invalid number of petitions to get on the November ballot.
Other independent candidates are also facing challenges from the same source — Rhinebeck Democratic Committee member Rima Liscum.
Parker announced her candidacy in March, running as an independent on her own line called Making the Impossible Possible.
Candidates were required to file petitions at the end of July to make it on the ballot, and the three independent candidates — Parker, “Law and Order: SVU” star Diane Neal of Hurley and film producer Dal LaMagna of Rhinebeck — had to file a minimum of 3,000 signatures.
The state Board of Elections considered specific objections filed by Liscum against Parker’s petitions at its meeting Wednesday, concluding that Parker had not filed a sufficient number of signatures to be on the ballot this year. Rhinebeck Democrats are backing Democratic primary winner Antonio Delgado, who lives in Rhinebeck.
Liscum filed a general objection to the petitions last week, but was required to provide the state Board of Elections with specific objections by Thursday.
“Even assuming that every signature submitted is valid, the petition contains 1,906 fewer signatures than is statutorily required,” according to Liscum’s complaint against Parker. “As a result, the independent nomination for Luisa Parker is invalid and she cannot appear on the ballot for the November 2018 election.”
After reviewing the specific objections the state Board of Elections determined without a hearing that Parker filed 1,601 petitions, far below the required number.
Parker has three days to appeal the board’s decision. Her campaign did not respond to requests for comment.Read more
In case you missed it, see Joyce St. George at the Mid-County Meet and Greet at the Lucky Dog, sponsored by the Town of Hamden Democratic Committee https://youtu.be/FfCTg-kaMAQ
Assemblyman Brian Miller being sworn in. | Assembly
Voters question petition signatures for Assemblyman Brian Miller
“I did not sign that.” “That’s impossible.” “I’d like to know who’s using my name.”
By FRANK G. RUNYEON | JULY 25, 2018
Larry Engel, a resident of Hamden, New York, has no use for politics.
“When I get political stuff in the mail, I throw it right in the trash,” Engel said. “Republican, Democrat, you name it. I want nothing to do with any of them.”
And yet, Engel’s name was scrawled on the signature line of a Conservative Party ballot petition for Assemblyman Brian Miller dated June 21. “That’s impossible,” Engel said, as his truck idled in the driveway of his home on Honest Brook Road. The disgruntled resident denied he had signed anything in support of Miller.
George Sydlar, a registered Conservative in Davenport, New York, is also listed as having signed Miller’s petition on June 21, but told City & State, “I did not sign that.” Sydlar said he did not even know who the candidates in the race were. Sydlar later said he contacted the state Board of Elections enforcement counsel’s office with his complaint.
“I’d like to know who’s using my name,” Sydlar said.
Even Delaware County Conservative Party Chairman James Small, who along with his wife, Margaret, showed up on Miller’s petitions, denied that they had signed their names.
“I don’t know what’s going on,” he said.
In case you missed it, see Antonio Delgado at the Mid-County Meet and Greet at the Lucky Dog, sponsored by the Town of Hamden Democratic Committee https://youtu.be/nwWhUh7YIjI