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Nov 13, 2018 6:05 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

Suffolk DA Public Integrity Bureau Investigating Campaign Forgery Allegations In East Hampton

Amos Goodman
Nov 13, 2018 6:05 PM

Investigators from the Suffolk County district attorney’s office have been interviewing East Hampton Town residents about their apparent signatures on political nominating petitions for this year’s Town Board special election race, after doubts about the validity of some signatures were raised this fall by leaders of the Republican and Independence parties.

Several residents and party officials confirmed this week that they or people they knew were visited by investigators from District Attorney Timothy D. Sini’s Public Integrity Bureau in recent days. The investigators, one of those who was interviewed said, had asked about the validity of their signatures on a Republican Party petition circulated by party leaders nominating Manny Vilar to run for the single open Town Board seat.

Over the summer, petitions filed by both the Republican Party and the Independence Party in the run-up to this fall’s elections were alleged to have contained forged signatures.

All of those who spoke to The Press this week were registered Republicans, and it is not yet clear whether the investigators are inquiring about Independence Party petitions.

The DA’s office has a longstanding policy of not discussing, or even confirming the existence of, any investigations that it is conducting. It did not respond to requests for comment.

Republican Party Chairman Amos Goodman said he’d heard “vague rumors” that investigators had been questioning some GOP members about the petitions.

“I have no idea what is going on,” he said on Tuesday. “I wouldn’t comment on it, other than to say, that’s what happens when people scream bloody murder.”

Shortly after the nominating petitions were filed in July, Mr. Goodman filed a challenge to the Independence Party petitions, alleging that some of the signatures nominating David Gruber to be the party’s nominee had been forged.

Shortly after that, Independence Party Chairwoman Elaine Jones accused Mr. Goodman of having forged dozens of signatures on Mr. Vilar’s petitions as well, and Ms. Jones said she planned to inform the district attorney of her suspicions.

The Press conducted its own inquiry into Mr. Goodman’s petitions and spoke with more than two dozen residents who said that the petition signatures that appeared to be theirs were, in fact, not.

Mr. Goodman, who is also a registered notary public, has steadfastly denied having forged any signatures, attributing the discrepancies to sloppiness on his part. Meanwhile, he took his complaints against the Independence Party petitions, and evidence to support them, to court.

In August, more than a dozen Independence Party signatures collected by former Town Councilwoman Patricia Mansir were invalidated by a state judge, who determined they could not have been signed by the person whose signature was purported to be on the petition. The ruling left the Independence Party line blank in last week’s election.

At the time of the hearing, Mr. Goodman did not ask that the court conduct a further inquiry into whether fraud had been committed by Ms. Mansir. Forgery on a nominating petition could lead to felony criminal charges, because the petitions are legal documents akin to affidavits.

Donald Cirillo, a former Republican Party treasurer, said this week that he had been contacted by some registered party voters who had signed his petitions sheets in support of Mr. Vilar and had been approached by the investigators.

Along with asserting that he was certain no impropriety or doubt would be found with any of his petitions, he scoffed that the investigators would be asking Republicans and not Independence voters, considering the ample evidence of fraud on Independence petitions.

“They will find nothing on my petitions—all my signatures are diamonds,” he said. “But I find it fascinating that they are apparently not doing this with other parties after we had a judgment from a court showing that there was fraud elsewhere.”

Mr. Vilar, who was in Albany for work, said only that he had heard about the investigation.

Former Republican Party Chairman Reggie Cornelia said that he too had heard about the investigators visiting local voters and said he’d been irritated and angered by wrongdoing in the election campaign this year, whatever its origin.

“Whoever did what they did, it’s childish and stupid,” he said. “And it’s the kind of issue that detracts from the real issues we have here.”

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Another case of democrats trying to lie, cheat and steal their way to another election victory. FRAUD. SAD.
By Pacman (267), Southampton on Nov 14, 18 9:41 AM
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Oh boy... Pacman’s done OD’d on the red fox-NEWS that is...! You’re so far up the creek you don’t even know how you got there.

Read the article, it’s CLEARLY cheatin’ republicans at work, yet Republicans are clueless as to what’s going on. Meanwhile, the Independents, do the right thing and raise awareness to the issue at hand. Republicans... swee it under the rug with a typical “NOTHING to see here, folks! BUT THOSE DEMOCRAT TERRORISTS... ...more
By The Royal 'We' (198), Southampton on Nov 14, 18 10:01 AM
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Poe's law is an adage of Internet culture stating that, without a clear indicator of the author's intent, it is impossible to create a parody of extreme views so obviously exaggerated that it cannot be mistaken by some readers or viewers as a sincere expression of the parodied views.
By Fore1gnBornHBgrown (7694), HAMPTON BAYS on Nov 14, 18 10:27 AM
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:-)
By Pacman (267), Southampton on Nov 14, 18 10:48 AM
Find me Democrats suppressing votes, find me ONE example. You can’t. Georgia was all Republicans cheating. Voter ID... republicans again. Exact match... hyblook, how surprising... more republicans playing games!
By The Royal 'We' (198), Southampton on Nov 14, 18 10:04 AM
Royal, I believe Pac-Man is joking. Very sarcastic posts by him, funny guy.
By Fred s (3031), Southampton on Nov 14, 18 10:05 AM
We need to start using the Reddit slang "/s" at the end of a sentence to indicate sarcasm...its getting hard to tell in these comments.
By Enviro Guy (44), Southampton on Nov 15, 18 2:47 PM
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So requiring an ID to receive medical attention, open a bank account, receive government free stuff, board a plane is OK, but requiring an ID to vote is somehow suppressing votes? Now that's lunacy.
By bigfresh (4548), north sea on Nov 14, 18 10:09 AM
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Wait, do you think you'd be denied emergency medical care if you failed to produce a plastic card with your name and picture on it?
By Fore1gnBornHBgrown (7694), HAMPTON BAYS on Nov 14, 18 10:26 AM
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Wait, you said "emergency medical care" and "denied"....LOL bf said "receive medical attention, open a bank account receive, government free stuff, board a plane," but yes, the photo ID is generally asked for in order to ensure the person who is getting the care is the person on the prescription. Denied? No, of course not. The law is clear in this regard, basic emergency care can't be denied.
By Po Boy (4911), Water Mill on Nov 16, 18 1:22 AM
So we're clear that nobody is going to require an ID before putting you on an ambulance, right BF?
By Fore1gnBornHBgrown (7694), HAMPTON BAYS on Nov 16, 18 6:24 AM
Big duck, shhhhhh. Kris kobach is a fool with foolish ideas. Just let your nutty rants go. We’ve been voting the same way for yrs. you are trying to suppress voting. Your a good republican, I’ll get you a nice piece of stale white bread big quacky.
By Fred s (3031), Southampton on Nov 14, 18 10:14 AM
“Don’t believe everything you read on the Internet.”-Benjamin Franklin
By Draggerman (934), Southampton on Nov 14, 18 11:11 AM
Good one
By Fred s (3031), Southampton on Nov 14, 18 2:12 PM
I thought it was Abraham Lincoln who said that!
By Rich Morey (370), East Hampton on Nov 15, 18 10:43 PM
You didn't write that.
By Mr. Z (11564), North Sea on Nov 15, 18 11:27 PM
And pray tell Bitter Freddy, how does proving identity when voting negatively impact LEGAL voters from exercising their right? Dig out your alt left literature and pull a quote, then get real and answer truthfully if possible,
By bigfresh (4548), north sea on Nov 14, 18 12:43 PM
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Voter ID laws disproportionately affect poor people and people of color, but if you bothered to look up the reasons yourself you'd know that.
By Fore1gnBornHBgrown (7694), HAMPTON BAYS on Nov 14, 18 12:48 PM
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Must be a lot of racists in Canada and Ireland with their voter ID laws.
By Preliator Lives (429), Obamavillie on Nov 14, 18 1:00 PM
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please explain. "poor people" who are on government assistance must prove their identity to collect, why inject race into this?
By bigfresh (4548), north sea on Nov 14, 18 1:27 PM
Breaking News:

ID required for everyone! Poor hit the hardest!”

hahahaha

classic
By even flow (949), East Hampton on Nov 14, 18 1:44 PM
In Canada and Ireland you can use many more items to prove your identity (student ID's and public assistance cards the most notable). The issue isn't with saying you need to prove who you are, it is that states have gone out of their way to curtail the list of acceptable identification. As bigfresh mentions below you need your public assistance ID in order to collect benefits, but these same ID's are specifically mentioned that they are not an acceptable form of ID for voting. If not done to disenfranchise ...more
By NorthSeaWhaler (10), southampton on Nov 14, 18 1:50 PM
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Big duck, I’ll pull out my literature out, you pull your wacky ideas out of your a_ _.You are besting a dead horse with your foolish accusations about voter fraud. If you can post one study that shows, not massive, put just voter fraud, post it. Otherwise your just a blow hard trying to make a point that doesn’t exist. If there is no voter fraud, why the need for photo id?ive been voting for 40+ yrs with no photo id, it works.
By Fred s (3031), Southampton on Nov 14, 18 2:16 PM
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Here big duck, here’s some facts for you. It debunks your constant foolish claims on voter fraud. From The Brennan center for justice......Sensationalist claims have circulated this election season about the extent of voter fraud, with some politicians going so far as to tell voters to fear that this November’s election will be “rigged.” Because electoral integrity is one of the elements necessary to making America the greatest democracy in the world, claims like this garner ...more
By Fred s (3031), Southampton on Nov 14, 18 2:46 PM
How about proving citizenship prior to voting?? There are roughly 22 million illegals in the country and Democrat localities allowing illegals to vote in local elections, you're a fool if you don't think there fraud and abuse is rampant under these conditions.

Has there been a study in this regard? Nope, not one.
By Po Boy (4911), Water Mill on Nov 16, 18 1:03 AM
I'd say the fools is he who makes assumptions without a scintilla of evidence.
By Fore1gnBornHBgrown (7694), HAMPTON BAYS on Nov 16, 18 6:21 AM
Po boy, provide some proof of your nonsense. It’s funny you accuse others of being a fool, when your whole line of logic is foolishness. Just provide some proof.
By Fred s (3031), Southampton on Nov 16, 18 6:29 AM
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Perhaps you think less of "people of color" and feel they are not able to get a free ID ? Please elaborate.
By bigfresh (4548), north sea on Nov 14, 18 1:29 PM
I haven't made any qualitative statement about people of color, just a quantitative assessment that they are less likely to have photo ID which is supported by hard data.

"Who Does Voter ID Keep from Voting?" Bernard L. Fraga, Michael G. Miller. July 23, 2018.

"Who Votes Without Identification? Using Affidavits
from Michigan to Learn About the Potential Impact of
Strict Photo Voter Identification Laws" Phoebe Henninger, Marc Meredith, Michael Morse. July 13, ...more
By Fore1gnBornHBgrown (7694), HAMPTON BAYS on Nov 14, 18 1:57 PM
And why would a law abiding LEGAL resident of the USA not have a photo ID? It's needed for everything of importance , except to vote. In order to qualify for public assistance, or Social Security one needs to prove identity via a photo ID, same with the myriad examples provided above yet the left doesn't complain about that, Why is that?
By bigfresh (4548), north sea on Nov 14, 18 3:25 PM
Because its like everything Liberals cry and whine about; fake and made up followed by faux outrage.
By Preliator Lives (429), Obamavillie on Nov 14, 18 3:27 PM
Preliator: My comment was well-sourced. Read more.
By Fore1gnBornHBgrown (7694), HAMPTON BAYS on Nov 14, 18 4:06 PM
My mother-in-law who is 90 does not have a current drivers license since she doesn't drive. So her only photo ID is an expired drivers license. And I'm sure there are similar cases with people who live in cities like NYC that don't need a drivers license to get around and so they never had one. My drivers license is the only photo ID I have so if I didn't need to drive I would not have a photo ID.
By Rich Morey (370), East Hampton on Nov 15, 18 10:30 AM
If you wanted to vote, you'd figure out a way to get a photo ID. There is no requirement to possess a driver's license.

"Argue for your limitations, and behold, they are yours"
By SlimeAlive (1181), Southampton on Nov 15, 18 10:41 AM
Drive her to the DMV for a non driver photo ID.
Or is that too simple ?
By themarlinspike (487), southampton on Nov 15, 18 10:42 AM
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IDNYC is a FREE government-issues photo ID for New Yorkers 10 years of age and older.
By bigfresh (4548), north sea on Nov 15, 18 10:44 AM
Fortunately you don't need a photo ID to vote!
By Rich Morey (370), East Hampton on Nov 15, 18 10:55 AM
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what's the problem with that Rich? Anyone LEGALLY in the country should have no issue with proving their identity a the polls , seems as if guaranteeing the integrity of the voting process is rather patriotic.
By bigfresh (4548), north sea on Nov 15, 18 12:32 PM
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In NY you prove your identity when you sign your name next to the signature used in your original registration.

I also noticed that you completely ignored my well-sourced comment about who voter ID laws affect.
By Fore1gnBornHBgrown (7694), HAMPTON BAYS on Nov 15, 18 3:21 PM
Exactly!
By Rich Morey (370), East Hampton on Nov 15, 18 10:43 PM
You don't need a photo ID to post on 27east but Rich Morey and I voluntary provide ours in avatar form. You all should consider doing the same.
By Pacman (267), Southampton on Nov 16, 18 10:59 AM
IDNYC is a sensible and well-run program to provide free government issued ID to people living in NYC. IDNYC provides ID's regardless of immigration/housing status. NYC ID's do not meet Federal standards and can not be used for air travel or to enter Federal buildings. Taking a 90-year-old to the DMV might be a monumental task.
By Aeshtron (393), Southampton on Nov 16, 18 11:08 AM
I took my avatar pic myself. Can’t figure out that stinking flash thing
By Fred s (3031), Southampton on Nov 16, 18 11:10 AM
Preliator, you are wise.you and big duck make a good team.
By Fred s (3031), Southampton on Nov 14, 18 3:32 PM
and you Bitter Freddy are an alt left puppet, does it complete you?
By bigfresh (4548), north sea on Nov 14, 18 3:37 PM
Big duck, your biggest fault is you think you are smarter then everyone. You spout non stop bs backed up with more bs. Once, just once , you should try to back up your bs with some verifiable facts. Your an empty suit, your a baby rush doll quacking bs. Where’s your facts about voter fraud? There are none . Keep your head in the sand, your foolishness is entertaining.
By Fred s (3031), Southampton on Nov 14, 18 3:46 PM
glad to see you are still so easy to goad into nonsensical ranting Bitter Freddy , good little alt left sock puppet. Ha ha ha, over and out.
By bigfresh (4548), north sea on Nov 14, 18 3:50 PM
Wouldn't a sock puppet parrot groundless claims about widespread voter fraud rather than question them?
By Fore1gnBornHBgrown (7694), HAMPTON BAYS on Nov 14, 18 4:07 PM
Good reply, where’s your stats and facts? Still none? Your a sock puppet with a hole in the toe. Show some facts, prove your not all bs.
By Fred s (3031), Southampton on Nov 14, 18 4:23 PM
Two whackos above, no waiting.
By themarlinspike (487), southampton on Nov 15, 18 10:42 AM
Since when have facts mattered to liberals?
By Preliator Lives (429), Obamavillie on Nov 15, 18 11:16 AM
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Preliator, you never provide facts, just bs.
By Fred s (3031), Southampton on Nov 15, 18 11:24 AM
Fact: Providing facts to liberals is a waste of time.
By Preliator Lives (429), Obamavillie on Nov 15, 18 1:54 PM
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I noticed you completely ignored my well-sourced comment in favor of your preconceived notions.
By Fore1gnBornHBgrown (7694), HAMPTON BAYS on Nov 15, 18 3:19 PM
Preliator, the bs continues. You can’t provide facts to a liberal, you don’t have any facts. That’s a fact.
By Fred s (3031), Southampton on Nov 15, 18 2:11 PM
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Fact: Fred S gets too emotional about what people post in the comments section.
By Preliator Lives (429), Obamavillie on Nov 16, 18 6:58 AM
Preliator, I’m not emotional. I’m just writing on my phone. It’s fun proving you wrong on your nutty theories and lies. Keep up the good work, your a pro.
By Fred s (3031), Southampton on Nov 16, 18 7:07 AM
The whole voter id thing is a false narrative. What happened to kobach voter fraud commission. It was a fraud. But still, gullible people push this bs cause. If there was wide spread voter fraud, as trump declares, something would be done. But there isn’t any. But the gullible press on.
By Fred s (3031), Southampton on Nov 15, 18 4:58 PM
The Koback Commission did not look at illegals voting in our elections as well as other fraud, nor could it given the Democrat efforts to hamstring the commission through exorbitant litigation.

By Po Boy (4911), Water Mill on Nov 16, 18 1:10 AM
That litigation was to disclose state-provided data to Democrats ON the committee.

The lawsuit succeeded and instead of letting Democrats see that data didn't support the allegations, they SHUT IT DOWN.

Womp womp.
By Fore1gnBornHBgrown (7694), HAMPTON BAYS on Nov 16, 18 6:31 AM
Po boy, please. Kobach was a joke, and still is. You keep buying into this bs. Why are you afraid of voting? No one is saying non citizens should vote. Every scheme the right comes up with is to disenfranchise voters. There is no wide spread voter fraud as trump has insisted. Just show some proof. And but , but , but, is not proof.
By Fred s (3031), Southampton on Nov 16, 18 6:58 AM
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