A few weeks ago, Richard Martinelli, who claims to have the best private sector business experience to be Mayor of Yonkers mailed a flyer for a campaign "Raffle" of $1,000.00 per chance to win a 20 person luxury box to Yankee Stadium on Aug. 15. A copy of the flier is attached.Click onto the poster to enlarge the photo.
A few problems with this. First of all political organizations are absolutely prohibited from conducting "games of chance" such as raffles. It's a criminal misdemeanor to conduct such a gambling operation without proper permission from the NYS Racing & Wagering Board.
Second, Martinelli used the official Yankee logo on his mailer, perhaps without their consent but also creating the impression that the Yankees endorse his candidacy and the illegal raffle itself.
After inquiry, I was informed by NYSR&W Board that all investigations of violation start at the local level.
So I wrote a letter to Mayor Phil Amicone, copy is attached, stating that it is the duty of the YPD to investigate. I also sent the letter to Hon. Janet DiFiore, Westchester County District Attorney, who has assigned a complaint file number to the case.
Suddenly, the Martinelli camp supposedly canceled the raffle after my letter hit. That's not good enough. There has been no actual notice from Martinelli regarding the cancellation. I did not receive one, even though I did receive the flier. (Imagine Richie asking me to give him a $1000 for his campaign in support of an illegal raffle)
More questions: Who donated the luxury box? Who are the big rollers buying the $1000 chances and otherwise financing his campaign.
I honestly believe that Martinelli and his brain trust are of the mind that raising big campaign donations is more important than addressing the problems in the City, many of which are his own creations.
So, Richard believes he can run the City of Yonkers, that he has the best expertise to do so. Neither he nor his campaign commandos could figure out a "no brainer" that could have been avoided with a simple goggle search.
Finally, think of all the Met's fans he has offended.
Carlo J. Calvi, Esq., P.E.
Candidate for Mayor of Yonkers