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NY developer charged in campaign donation probe
HALFMOON -- Three people were arrested Friday as part of the ongoing corruption investigation into the Town of Halfmoon.
Last year, then-Town Supervisor Mindy Wormuth was arrested on state and federal charges. On Friday, builder Bruce Tanski was charged for illegally donating to Wormuth’s reelection campaign last year
“This was a collaborative effort among state and federal law enforcement agencies to look behind the veil and see what's going on with these allegations and how local government is working,” said Nelson Sheingold, New York State Deputy Comptroller and Counsel for Investigations.
Tanski is accused of giving six people $1,000 who then donated the money in their name to the Wormuth campaign. Investigators charged employee Katina Fogarty and business associate Nicholase DiNova, Jr. for participating in the scheme.
“This way, he can skirt the cap on campaign contributions to former town supervisor Mindy Wormuth and what really makes this apparent and really makes this a slap in the face is several years ago he was found to have donated way too much money, gone over the cap and the Wormuth campaign had to pay back some of the money that exceeded the campaign contribution limit,” said Sheingold.
The Attorney General’s office declined to comment on the identities of the other four people. In a prepared statement, the office said the investigation is still ongoing.