Former East Hampton GOP chairman convicted of election tampering

Amos Goodman, Gregory Dickerson, Patricia Mansir and William Mann

The former chairman of the East Hampton Town Republican Committee was sentenced last week to 45 days in Suffolk County after admitting to forging signatures on election nomination petitions three years ago.

Suffolk County Judge Karen Kerr sentenced Amos Goodman on Nov. 22 to serve three consecutive 15-day sentences and pay a $ 1,000 fine after pleading guilty in May to one count of misdemeanor. violating New York State election law and disorderly conduct as a violation. He faced up to seven years in prison if found guilty of the most serious charges against him before reaching a plea deal in which the more serious charges were dropped.

Outgoing Suffolk County District Attorney Tim Sini said upon the arrest of the 38-year-old in Springs in 2018 that the “defendants corrupted the democratic process and violated public trust” in a “cheeky project to get preferred candidates in the November 2018 ballot by any means necessary.

Prosecutors said Goodman and three co-defendants were involved in forging more than 50 signatures of Green Party judicial candidates, an Independence Party candidate for East Hampton City Council and a Party candidate. Republican on East Hampton City Council.

Prior to becoming leader of the East Hampton Republicans, Goodman ran unsuccessfully on the party ticket in 2015 against Democrat Bridget Fleming for the Suffolk County Legislature. In October 2018, Goodman pleaded guilty to aggravated driving without a license in East Hampton Town Court and was fined $ 500. He resigned from his post as GOP chairman after his arrest for forgery.

-With TE McMorrow

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