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November 15, 2014
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Michelle Boyle

$78,000 is the largest political donation of any kind in the history of North Castle's elections.

What impact will a Political Action Committee (PAC) have on our local politics?

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1. Unbelievable | October 06, 2013 at 10:37 AM EDT

Wow! They really are dishonest. I'm sure that the 3 of them will claim that they had nothing to do with this. And if that's the case they should have told the committee to discontinue the mailings, which they did not, which makes them guilty. The fact is that they used money from a developer with a pending application to try and get re-elected. Even if this is not illegal, it is certainly unethical. Case closed.

2. Bob Romano | October 06, 2013 at 01:14 PM EDT

This really shouldn't come as a surprise. Good to see some transparency after all. Now the question arises, will Arden, Cronin Roth recuse themselves from anything to do with Brynwood that is brought before the Board? If they have a ethical bone in their bodies, they should.

3. JG | October 06, 2013 at 03:54 PM EDT

What an amazing story. Corporate political donations of such size can only corrupt. Our small town doesn't run expensive elections so $78,000 outweighs all other donations and can't help but influence the recipient.

Shame on our elected representatives for participating in this breach of trust. We the voters can show them what we think of such slippery acts on Election Day.

4. Michelle Boyle | October 07, 2013 at 10:43 PM EDT

Feel free to comment, but please try to remain respectful.

5. Skeptic | October 08, 2013 at 03:21 PM EDT

Even if you believe their contention that none of them knew anything about this PAC or these mailings, they must have seen them after they went out. If you saw a town-wide mailing with your name and photo on it, wouldn't you want to know who sent it? Wouldn't you ask? Why would you wait until the (stuff) hit the fan to say you knew nothing about it and had nothing to do with it?

If you were Brynwood, and spent $78,000 to support someone in an election, would you let them know you were supporting them, or would you make that kind of investment and just keep it as your little secret? Call me a skeptic, but none of this passes the sniff test.

6. Big Surprise | October 14, 2013 at 06:58 PM EDT

I can't believe anyone is shocked by this. Money buying votes to get what you want?? Is this a new concept?? The reason our Town Board receives pension and medical benefits for part-time work is accomplished through the same means in Albany. Do our volunteer firefighters receive such lucrative benefits for running into burning buildings? I think not. It's time to accept the fact that we will all buy into the same crooked political game if we support the outcome. The only difference is we want different outcomes.

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