Carlo Calvi, candidate for Mayor of Yonkers hand-delivered a letter dated August 2, 2011, yet hand delivered to Yonkers Mayor Phil Amicone today, in which the Independence Party designee and Republican Primary candidate describes candidate Richard Martinelli’s recently sent political fund raising mailer. The mailer send to benefit Richard Martinelli’s campaign effort, advises that his campaign committee intend to hold a “raffle” of tickets to a luxury suite to Yankee Stadium for a game on August 14, 2011. The cost of the raffle is $1,000 per chance and is to be held on August 9th at a downtown / waterfront restaurant.
The letter continues to advise that the mailer utilized proprietary logo of the New York Yankees. Calvi advises that he has inquired of the New York Yankees organization with respect to its authorization of the use of the logo and whether or not they are a participant in the raffle.
Calvi advises that in New York State, raffles, when they are permitted, ae authorized by the New York State Racing and Wagering Board. The law permits charitable and fraternal type organizations to apply for permits to conduct a raffle subject to strict guidelines. A permit is also required. Neither has been issued any permits for the Martinelli / New York Yankees raffle noted Calvi.
Calvi alleges that “upon information and belief, Richard J. Martinelli, the candidate; Vincent Volino, Esq., the Campaign manager, and Liam McLaughlin, Esq., may possess the pertinent information and facts of the matter.”
The NYS Racing and Wagering Board advise that they do not possess theit own enforcement powers. Rather, all prosecutions of crimes or violations under their jurisdiction must be initiated at the local level. In other words, stressed Calvi, “it is the City’s responsibility to investigate the matter and to refer to the District Attorney, if warranted. Or the Office of the District Attorney may, of course, investigate or prosecute of it’s own initiative.
According, Calvi notes, “It is clearly necessary that you direct the Yonkers Police department to investigate the matter.”
Calvi closes his letter by stating, “ As you know, I am an opposing mayoral candidate. My referral of this matter is only partially motivated on a political basis. Just as significantly, it is my concern that a group of individuals who seek the Mayoralty of Yonkers conduct themselves in flagrant violation of law punishable as a criminal misdemeanor. That’s just bad news for Yonkers. As Mayor, you should order the immediate investigation of this matter. Thank you.
The letter was signed by Calro J. Calvi, Esq., P.E.
A copy of the letter defined herein was copied to Westchester County District Attorney Janet DiFiore, New York State Racing & Wagering Board, New York Yankees, Richard Martinelli, Vincent Colino, Esq., Liam McLaughlin, Esq., Yonkers City Clerk Joan Deierlein, and the Yonkers Police Department.