YORKTOWN, NY – After reports emerged revealing candidates running under the banner of the Democratic Party in Yorktown failed to file their 32-day pre-primary reports, as is required by state law, some of them started to appear on New York State’s Board of Elections website on Monday. Democratic candidates Illan Gilbert, Vishnu Patel and Aviah Cohen Pierson all posted reports more than a week late for the September 12th Independence Party Primary. Voters are still waiting for Town Council Candidate Alice Roker and the Democratic Party to follow suit.
Yorktown GOP Chairman Matt Slater said, “Better late than never I guess. I congratulate Mr. Gilbert, Councilman Patel and Mrs. Cohen Pierson for finally complying with basic campaign finance rules that are put into place to ensure fair and transparent elections. This isn’t the first time we’ve seen this type of deceit from our counterparts and voters are already weary of the tactics utilized by the Yorktown Democrats. At the very least, they can offer an apology to the voters for their actions.”
In 2015, then Yorktown Democratic Supervisor candidate Vishnu Patel failed to comply with New York State campaign finance law. A complaint filed at the Board of Elections indicated that Patel’s refusal to submit the proper paperwork prevented both the New York State and Westchester County Board of Elections from properly reviewing how Mr. Patel had spent the $40,000 he supposedly paid for certain services. Patel was later forced to amend his campaign finance filings by the Board of Elections rather than face penalties from the independent special enforcement counsel at the New York State Board of Elections.
“There has been a clear pattern of wrongful action, from knowingly collecting signatures from unqualified voters to ignoring basic campaign finance laws and that’s just in the past three months,” Slater added. “Not to mention, when their candidates disclosed private data and email addresses of town residents for political purposes in 2015. There is just no limit to what they will do or say to score political points. Thankfully, Yorktown’s voters are already tired of their antics.”
Still delinquent filer and council candidate Alice Roker, as well as the Democratic Committee itself, face a $5,000 criminal penalty for failing to file the 32-day pre-primary filing.