Former campaign treasurer
Carmen Dubaldi, now under
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.