YONKERS, NY — October 22, 2017 — The Yonkers Tribune has learned that the Khader for Yonkers City Council President campaign effort had on October 14, 2017, asked Yonkers Inspector General Brendan McGrath to make inquiry of its opponent, sitting Yonkers City Council President Liam McLaughlin, with regard to “having been produced and mailed using taxpayer funds by and through the City of Yonkers”.
The Yonkers Tribune suggests this letter, replicated herein is best judged by the reader.
861 Midland Avenue
Yonkers New York 10704
October 14, 2017
Mr. Brendan McGrath, Inspector General
City of Yonkers
40 South Broadway
Yonkers, New York 10701
Dear Mr. McGrath:
As a candidate in the election against Liam McLaughlin for City Council President, I am writing to voice a complaint which I believe is worthy of your attention and investigation.
Sometime during last week a mailer was sent by Yonkers City Council President Liam McLaughlin, having been produced and mailed using taxpayer funds by and through the City of Yonkers.
The mailer is self-described as “Legislative Update from Council President Liam McLaughlin”. The mailer lists Mr. McLaughlin’s office at City Hall as the return address.
The mailer is purely political in nature, contains numerous stories about candidate McLaughlin as well as a photo of another political candidate, Rob Astorino.
The nature of my complaint is my belief that the production and mailing of this literature is a fraudulent and wasteful use of public funds. With only weeks to go in this election, its intent is obvious; to influence the voters and the outcome of the election.
As further proof it would appear that the recipients of the mail were chosen by party and neighborhood location.
The rules of the state Assembly prevent such mailings for thirty days prior to an election. This is to prevent taxpayer money and government institutions from influencing the outcome of a campaign. Surely the ethics of the situation demand that such a rule be in place for all legislative bodies including the Yonkers City Council. However while the City Council has no such rule, it is my understanding that taxpayer funded mailings may not be sorted by party. It is further my understanding that the number and volume of such mailings are controlled by specific budget allocations.
I believe this mailing was purely political and fraudulent and a waste of taxpayer money. We know it was produced and sent at taxpayer expense. If the investigation shows that its recipients were chosen politically, and produced outside of an established budget, it is a serious matter.
Therefore please consider this a formal request for you to convene an investigation to determine if this mailer, produced and sent at taxpayer expense, is political and sent at a time when mailing budgets at the City Council had been otherwise depleted.