September 6, 2016
JOURNAL NEWS, “SENATOR DAVID CARLUCCI, ‘REEKS OF CONFLICT OF INTEREST’”
Mahopac, NY (09/06/16) — Carmel Town Board Member Suzi McDonough is running for the New York State Assembly, and against the political machines both in Albany and here at home.
On March 4, 2016 State Senator David Carlucci and Assemblywoman Sandy Galef held a press event announcing the introduction of important legislation to combat this system of pay to play in New York State. Suzi McDonough has announced that she supports legislation ending the current system allowing candidates and party bosses to use the public arena as their private feeding trough.
First submitted in 2015 by State Assemblywoman Sandy Galef, the bill was resubmitted in 2016 in the Assembly as part of Galef’s 15-bill reform package. It is co-sponsored by State Sen. David Carlucci, who re-submitted the “party boss restrictions” in the Senate.
Senator Carlucci said, “The relationship there just seems a little inappropriate. You’re the political boss. You’re out either trying to block people from getting on the ballot or getting them on the ballot. And then your position is actually verifying those (nominating) petitions and what-not. To me, it just reeks of conflict of interest.”
In the past few years, and according to reporting by the Journal News, Westchester County Republican Party Boss Doug Colety has operated a “side business”, that has paid him more than $7 million since 2008, to provide campaign literature for Republican candidates.
Well, today the Chairman is now $15,000 richer with a nice contribution from Suzi McDonough’s insider, pay to play opponent to the Westchester Republican County Committee. The Committee serves in part, as a funneling mechanism to enrich the Chairman’s “side business”.
“The Albany insiders had a responsibility to remain neutral in the Republican Primary. But with a payoff of $15,000 we now know part of why the party bosses are so in bed with my opponent. We’ve known for months that the insiders wanted a puppet for the status quo. Now we know they also wanted a taste of the action, and got 15,000 of them; this is just so wrong on all levels” said Suzi McDonough.
According to a Journal News article earlier this year, “[t]he proposal from local state lawmakers seeks to bar county election officials from serving in dual roles as political party leaders. The move would force four of the six election commissioners in Westchester, Rockland and Putnam counties to choose between the two posts.”
Colety, the GOP Chairman, runs a side business as a “printing broker.” Last year the business made more than $770,000 by steering political candidates and committees to businesses that printed their campaign literature. Suzi McDonough’s opponent, not even elected yet, is already jumping in head first to Albany’s pay to play culture.
After laying out the inherent conflicts, Jorge Fitz-Gibbon reported in the The Journal News, this “ethics reform bill pending in Albany would stifle the political clout and lucrative perks of Lower Hudson Valley party leaders.” What the reporter, and all of us, probably didn’t know is how important Pay to Play would be in the State Assembly battle in the 94th A.D.
“The voters now have 15,000 reasons to get out and vote for me, and against Albany’s pay to pay culture and insider dealing. This is exactly the type of institutional and systemic corruption that I am running against and seek to expose. Whether illegal or simply unethical this deal stinks to high heaven. I am proud to have real, grassroots support and unlike my insider opponent, I remain fiercely independent to always do what is right. Putnam and Westchester families deserve a respected conservative voice in Albany to watch out for our families, our communities and our state. And if elected, I will be honored to be that voice”, Suzi continued.
Suzi has lived in Mahopac, a hamlet of Carmel, for over 50 years. She graduated from Mahopac High School and a few years later married the love of her life, Jimmy McDonough. Together, Suzi and Jimmy owned and operated successful businesses in the Hudson Valley and have five amazing children.
The 94th Assembly District elections will occur on Tuesday September 13th, 2016.