Missing numbers – The Highland Current


Some candidates do not file campaign finance reports

Republicans running for Philipstown City Council and the District 1 seat of the Putnam County Legislature failed to file the mandatory campaign finance disclosure files due October 1, nor did they explain whether they got exemptions because their campaigns raised or spent less than $ 1,000.

Searches this week of a state Council of Elections database found nothing of Barbara Scuccimarra, the GOP candidate for lawmaker, or City Council candidates Neal Tomann and Sarina Tamagna. There was also nothing submitted on their behalf by the Republican Committee in Philipstown or the Republican Committee in Putnam County.

None of the Republican candidates responded to inquiries this week about campaign finances. Anthony Scannapieco, the leader of the Putnam Republicans (and county electoral commissioner), also did not respond.

With one exception, the Highland Democratic candidates each filed financial reports, as did the two candidates for the Putnam County Sheriff and Beacon City Judge races.

In Cold Spring, the Better Together team – which includes mayoral candidate Vinny Tamagna and board candidates Cathryn Fadde, Jeffrey Phillips and Yaslyn Daniels – have nothing in the campaign fundraising database of the state. But Tamagna said each of his candidates applied for a waiver under a state election law allowing a candidate or a committee from a town or village of less than 10,000, like Cold Spring or Philipstown, not to file if they don’t raise or spend more than $ 1,000.

Tamagna said Thursday (October 7) that although Better Together has bought newspaper ads and produced campaign material, “we’re not doing anything brilliant. Most of my business is done in-house and it would be absurd to spend over $ 1,000 per candidate to reach 900 households. And none of us take a contribution.

The opposing ticket, Forge Ahead (mayoral candidate Kathleen Foley and trustee candidates Eliza Starbuck and Tweeps Phillips Woods), has filed a regular financial disclosure report.

It was not immediately clear whether other candidates or local committees had applied for an exemption; the state electoral council said the information can only be released after a request from the freedom of information law.

In Beacon, six Democrats are running unopposed for six open council seats. None filed individual reports, but they were covered by a Beacon Democratic Committee dossier. In the race for a Dutchess legislative seat that includes Beacon Ward 4, neither Republican Ron Davis’s campaign nor any committee supporting him appears in the database. His Democratic opponent has filed.

The forms due on October 1 were those required 32 days before a general election. Candidates or their committees must resubmit on October 22, or 11 days before the election.

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