LEGISLATOR CATHERINE BORGIA OF OSSINING, DOZENS OF DEMOCRATIC OFFICIALS CAUGHT IN SCAM TO SUBMIT ILLEGAL ELECTION DOCUMENTS
MAJORITY LEADER OF BOARD OF LEGISLATORS AND LOCAL DEMOCRATS ATTEMPTED TO DECEIVE ELECTION OFFICIALS WITH UNQUALIFIED SIGNATURES
PEEKSKILL, NY – Legislator Catherine Borgia has been identified as an elected official who, in league with The Peekskill Democratic Party, formed a select ring of Democratic District Leaders in an attempt to circumvent the election process and defraud the voters of Legislative District 1. The Democratic Party leadership joined with the hyper-partisan Borgia and potential county legislative candidate Derek Hartley in an illegal scheme to submit Democratic Party Designating Petitions for Hartley that they knew contained over 100 unqualified entries.
“I am not surprised by the Peekskill Democratic Party’s dishonest attempt to once again cheat and deceive the public during this process. They do it every election so I have come to expect it, and sure enough they got caught again,” said Legislator Testa.
“I always welcome an open and honest election and debate of the issues, but clearly the Peekskill Democrats and those who assisted them in this underhanded ploy to defraud the public do not. I will not stand by and let such deceitful behavior go unchallenged,” Testa added. “This ‘Ends Justifies the Means’ mentality has got to stop,” said Testa.
The most incredulous discovery of the fraud investigation was the significant participation
of Catherine Borgia, Majority Leader of the County Board of Legislators. In fact, she stands out as the ringleader with the most signatures submitted, a total of 70. Upon inspection it was determined that 33 -almost half- of the submitted entries were from out of the district entirely, or simply not of registered democratic voters. Hartley, on the other hand, submitted 57 entries with 28 being fraudulent, also nearly half of the total he submitted. With 562 total entries submitted and 500 required to qualify, that means the 61 bad entries combined between Borgia and Hartley alone were at the center of their attempt to defraud the process.
Also discovered during the investigation was that Borgia only obtained 4 signatures on one petition for her own District 9 Legislative race compared to submitting scores of entries for Testa’s potential opponent.
It’s clear that Catherine Borgia has breached the professional protocol preventing sitting legislators from engaging in other districts, clearly showing a lack of respect for her office, her fellow legislators and the people of Westchester.
“For a legislator and colleague to become actively involved in another sitting legislator’s district -especially their election- is beyond the pale,” stated legislator Testa. “I am extremely disappointed that Legislator Borgia would take such an active role in such shenanigans and to do so in such a deceitful manner quite frankly speaks to her ethics, or lack thereof,” added Testa.
Along with Democratic County Legislator Catherine Borgia and candidate Derek Hartley, the following individuals knowingly submitted designating petitions with fraudulent, unqualified entries:
● Peekskill Democratic Party Treasurer Ruth Wells
● Peekskill Democratic Party Chairwoman Marina Ciotti
● Peekskill Democratic Councilman Darrin Rigger
● Peekskill Democratic Party Secretary Linda Wildman
● Peekskill Democratic Party District Leader Terence Rogers
● Peekskill Democratic Party Mayoral Candidate Kenneth Martin
● Peekskill Democratic Party District Leader Nina Levine
● Peekskill Democratic Councilwoman Vivian McKenzie
● Peekskill Democratic Councilwoman Kathy Talbot
● Cortlandt Democratic Party District Leader Karen Pecora
● Cortlandt Democratic Party District Leader Thomas Carey
● Cortlandt Democratic Receiver of Taxes Mary Breining
● Yorktown Democratic Party Treasurer Joseph Vittoria
● Yorktown Democratic Town Board Member and candidate for Supervisor Vishnu Patel
As a result of the investigation a challenge was submitted to the Board of Elections for review. According to Board of Election procedures, a bi-partisan review regarding the overwhelming number of fraudulent entries on Hartley’s petitions was conducted. The evidence was overwhelming and irrefutable and once the fraudulent entries on Hartley’s petitions were removed, Harley was disqualified as a candidate for office.
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