STATE SENATE CANDIDATE AMBER SMALL AVOWS PUBLIC CORRUPTION COMPLAINT AGAINST JACOBS CAMPAIGN

Buffalo, New York— State Senate Candidate Amber Small’s campaign filed a complaint with the Public Corruption Unit of the Erie County District Attorney’s office regarding Green Party petitions circulated by the campaign of her opponent Chris Jacobs and the Republican Party. 

The petitions, filed by Todd Aldinger on Wednesday July 13, 2016, are fraught with so many irregularities as to rise to the level of suspected election fraud. 

James V. DePasquale of Evans, who until two weeks ago was not registered to vote, enrolled in the Green Party.  Less than two days later, petitions for the Green Party were circulated by and filed by NYS Republican Senate operatives for the 60th Senate District. Petitions for Mr. DePasquale were circulated and submitted by individuals clearly linked to Senate Republicans and Chris Jacobs.[1] 

Small remarked, “I am appalled at the utter lack of respect for the electoral process and the voters of WNY. My opponent has shown that he is no better than the corrupt leaders who have been lining the halls of Albany for the last decade. This community deserves better. We deserve a champion of ethics and reform—not another crooked Albany politician who manipulates a system to serve himself. The last thing we need is another Senator who thinks he is above the law.” 

She continued, “Our campaign is retaining counsel and will reveal further details of the Public Corruption Unit complaint as we file specific objections against Mr. DePasquale’s petitions with the Erie County Board of Elections later this week.” 

Brant-Farnham Democratic Chair Debra A. Ritz commented, “These Republican operatives are trying to manipulate the electoral process and defraud the voters of Western New York. I join Ms. Small in condemning the actions of her opponent’s campaign.” 

Small serves as the Executive Director of the Parkside Community Association. In this role she is an advocate for 2,500 residents, working to enhance their quality of life through crime prevention, traffic calming, fair housing advocacy and more.  Amber also serves on the Board of Directors for B-Team Buffalo, and is a member of the Amherst Chamber of Commerce’s Emerging Business Leaders council.  She proudly serves as Vice Chair of WEPAC, a nonpartisan group focused on increasing female involvement in politics and government. Amber is a graduate of the University at Buffalo, and resides in North Buffalo’s Parkside neighborhood with her family.   New York's Sixtieth Senate District is located wholly in Erie County and includes the communities of Tonawanda, City of Tonawanda, Kenmore, Grand Island, Hamburg, Orchard Park, Evans, Brant, and the City of Buffalo.  Small is endorsed by the Democratic Party, the Working Families Party and the Women’s Equality Party.

 

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[1] Todd Aldinger, former Budget & Legislative Director of Republican NYS Senator Patrick Gallivan, Chairman of the Erie County Charter Revision Commission, and considered to be a candidate for the NYS Assembly seat being vacated by current Assemblywoman Jane Corwin; Kevin Knapp, Deputy Communications Director for Republican NYS Senator Rich Funke; Jesse Sleezer, Communications & District Director of Republican NYS Senator Rich Funke; Alex Barrette, Campaign Staffer of Republican NYS Senator Rich Funke; James Nash, board member at the Bison Children’s Scholarship Fund; Jonathan Weir, board member at the Bison Children’s Scholarship Fund. Chris Jacobs co-founded the Bison Fund and currently serves as a Director.