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Feb 7, 2019 11:55 AMPublication: The Southampton Press

Forgery Case Against Former East Hampton GOP Chair Is Adjourned Until May

Amos Goodman   PRESS FILE
Feb 11, 2019 9:14 AM

The felony forgery case against former East Hampton Town Republican Party Chairman Amos Goodman was adjourned until May in Suffolk County Criminal Court this week.

Mr. Goodman had been scheduled to make his first court appearance on Wednesday, February 6, since his December arraignment on 20 felony charges stemming from what prosecutors say was the forging of dozens of East Hampton residents’ signatures last summer on nominating petitions for candidates in four town and county political races.

The case is now scheduled to be heard again on May 17. Neither Mr. Goodman, who was released without bail after his arraignment, nor his attorney, Craig Fleischer, responded to a request for comment.

Similar charges were also filed against Pat Mansir, a former town councilwoman and former vice-chair of the East Hampton Independence Party. Ms. Mansir is scheduled to appear in court on Wednesday, February 13, but her attorney, Carl Irace, said he expects that the appearance also will be adjourned. He also reiterated his assertion the Ms. Mansir did nothing wrong.

“Pat is a quiet hero in our town,” Mr. Irace said last week. “We are working hard to clear her name and to restore her good standing in the town that she loves.”

Ms. Mansir was elected to the Town Board four times, on both the Republican and Democratic lines, and to the Town Trustees in 2015. She had been the vice-chair of the town Independence Party in recent years.

In July she submitted petition sheets supporting the nomination of David Gruber, a registered Democrat, to be the Independence Party’s nominee for the lone Town Board seat that was on the ballot in last year’s special election. Shortly afterward Mr. Goodman submitted a legal challenge to her petitions, claiming that several of the signatures were forged and offering affidavits from eight residents whose names and addresses appeared on the sheets but who said they did not sign the petitions.

In August a county judge ruled that a dozen of the signatures on Ms. Mansir’s petitions were ineligible because they did not appear to be those of the persons they were purported to be, based on her comparisons with Suffolk County Board of Elections records. The dismissal of the petitions forced Mr. Gruber’s name to be removed from the ballot and left the Independence Party without a candidate in the November election, which was won in a broad landslide by Democratic Councilman David Lys.

Shortly after that election, investigators from Suffolk County District Attorney Tim Sini’s office began asking dozens of East Hampton residents about the authenticity of their apparent signatures on petitions that Mr. Goodman had submitted as well. In early December the DA’s Bureau of Public Integrity filed 20 felony charges against him, relating to what the bureau said was the apparent forging of at least 43 signatures on petitions for Town Board candidates from both the Republican and Independence parties as well as for two Republican candidates for county judgeships.

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