Assembly candidate Andrew Falk (D-Patterson) highlighted the failure of his opponent, Assemblyman Steve Katz, to file financial disclosure documents with the New York State Board of Elections by the July 15 deadline. Katz’s campaign has yet to produce its financial disclosure report, more than a week after the required deadline.
“Steve Katz’s failure to disclose where his campaign money is coming from points to the hypocrisy that is unfortunately an all-too-common occurrence with him,” said Falk. “Here you have an elected official who’s authored legislation to increase financial disclosure requirements, but completely disregards the requirements as they apply to him.”
Assemblyman Katz has introduced legislation to amend New York State’s election law by expanding transparency requirements for campaigns throughout the state (A.7581). Assemblyman Katz’s bill would require all candidates to include “a clearly visible link entitled ‘MY CAMPAIGN FINANCIAL DISCLOSURE REPORTS’” on their campaign websites.
“This legislation will ensure that voters have easy access to campaign finance reports on each candidate,” noted Katz’ bill sponsor memo. “Greater transparency will provide a public mechanism for ensuring that special interests are not guiding legislation.” (http://assembly.state.ny.us/leg/?default_fld=&bn=A07581&term=&Summary=Y&Memo=Y0)
“Despite Katz’s impassioned plea requiring greater transparency and easy access to all candidates’ financial disclosure statements, he has ignored the July 15 reporting deadline that would reveal who is financing his own campaign,” said Falk. “Steve Katz is advocating for greater disclosure requirements for everyone else while demonstrating a blatant disregard for the rules that already exist when it comes to his own campaign.”
Andrew Falk is challenging Steve Katz for the 94th Assembly District seat, which includes the towns of Carmel, Patterson, Putnam Valley and Southeast in Putnam County as well as Somers and Yorktown in Westchester County.