ALBANY – State Senator William Larkin (R, Cornwall-on-Hudson) has
filed his July campaign report with the state Board of Elections.
The initial campaign committee’s filing was placed on administrative
hold per the board of elections after Larkin found irregularities in his
campaign account including funds leaving the committee for transactions
that were never made.
At that moment, the senator terminated his campaign treasurer, Carmen
Dubaldi, notified authorities about the irregularities, shut down his
existing committee and opened a new one.
While the administrative hold was in place, Larkin said he hired an accounting
firm which conducted a forensic audit, the results of which were shared
with the board of elections and the Orange County District Attorney.
“At no time did I consider allowing my former campaign treasurer
to perform the July periodic filing,” Larkin said.”For that
reason, the filing was not completed on time.” His committee, Citizens
for Larkin, “after months of cooperation and meetings, obtained
the required new PIN number for our new treasurer” and the July
filing is now complete, the senator said.
“I do not regret the decision to fire my former campaign treasurer
even though this action has been the cause of a deliberate political attack
on me,” Larkin said. “I want everyone to know that I remain
steadfast in my convictions and continue to be committed to my duties
as your senator.”
Ulster County District Attorney Holley Carnright has been assigned to
investigate the case against Dubaldi, which may also include missing funds
from the campaign accounts of Orange County Clerk Annie Rabbitt and former
Orange County Executive Edward Diana.