White Plains, NY — The Tony Castro for D.A. election campaign today issued a statement by which they assert that "New York State Attorney General Andrew Cuomo's office is reviewing the complaint made by the Castro campaign that Westchester District Attorney Janet DiFiore committed official misconduct and the Westchester Chiefs of Police Association broke several state laws in endorsing DiFiore’s re-election bid. "
According to a letter received by Mr Castro and released today, the complaint has been referred to the Public Integrity Bureau of the A.G.’s office.
Further, "Records obtained by the Castro campaign and also released today, along with statements made by DiFiore and the Association’s attorney, show that both individuals lied to the public and the news media in response to the charges," the Tony Castro for D.A. campaign effort maintains.
"The Tony Castro for D.A. email asserts that, "The documents prove that there has never been a separate, “fraternal” association that made the endorsements as claimed by the Association’s attorney, that the chiefs use the association’s corporate and other names interchangeably and that this one organization is supported by taxpayer dollars."
“It’s bad enough when police chiefs and the district attorney mangle the law for political purposes,” Castro said. “But it’s pathetic when they lie to cover it up, especially when they know there are several paper trails.”
“An indispensable part of leadership is having the character to stand up and admit it when you are wrong and to take responsibility for your mistakes,” Castro said.
"Both DiFiore and the Association misrepresented the facts in other ways as well," continues the email message attributed to the Tony Castro for D.A. campaign.
"DiFiore claimed she had the 'unanimous' support of the Chiefs of Police. The fact is that no more than 20 of the 44 member departments were present at the meeting when the endorsement was made – less than one-half of the membership. (By definition, unanimous support would require the affirmation of all 44 active Chiefs.)," continues the Tony Castro for D.A assertion.
The Tony Castro for D.A. campaign asserts that, "DiFiore also told Cable News12 that Castro was relying on an incorrect interpretation of the Election Law. However, emails and correspondence among the Chiefs show that several chiefs raised concerns about violating the Election Law when the notion of endorsing DiFiore was first discussed in 2005. Since then, DiFiore became a member of the Association and should have been aware of the organization’s by-laws that prohibit endorsements of candidates for public office – precisely because it is prohibited by law."
"The claim that the endorsement was made by an organization separate from the one that receives taxpayer dollars in the form of membership fees and expense reimbursements is also patently false," contends the Tony Castro for D.A.email correspondence. Furthermore, they write, "Under New York Executive Law, a corporation doing business under another name is required to file a certificate with the Secretary of State’s office or the appropriate county clerk’s office. No such certificate is on file in either locatio
Moreover, the Tony Castro for D.A. point out that, "the tax ID number supplied on the voucher by Harrison police chief David Hall (a former Association president, Republican candidate and current DiFiore supporter) to the town treasurer for payment of his 2009 membership fees in the Association is that of the Westchester Police Chiefs Association, Inc. According to their 2008 return, the Association has more than $80,000 on hand, accrued from taxpayer-funded membership fees, a taxpayer-supported annual dinner and a private journal. As a 501(c) (3) tax-exempt organization, the Association is barred by Federal Law from participating in most political activities, especially endorsements."
“Janet DiFiore has some explaining to do,” Mr Castro said.