Monday, June 8, 2015

What the Carl Heastie Campaign Was Spending Money on According to The New York Times

  In a lengthy New York Times Article  titled - 'Carl Heastie's Campaign Spending Blurs Line Between Politics and Personal'. The New York Times goes into detail of what have been called questionable or even unexplained campaign expenses as many are listed after the Times staff went over Assemblyman Carl Heastie's Campaign filings since he was elected to office..  
   The article opens that on the eve of Carl Heastie's 39th Birthday (Heastie is now 47) a tab for $270.00 for food is listed as a campaign expense. The Times writes that the $270.00 tab was from the Happy Valley night club in Manhattan which the Times wrote did not serve food, and that the club was famous for its dance floor and Go-Go dancers. Happy Valley has been permanently closed for years now.
  The next item in the Times article is how $30,000.00 has been spent over 9 years on Heastie's BMW by his campaign, while Heastie has collected over $51,000.00 in mileage reimbursements from the state meant to cover auto repairs of elected officials. 
  The Times goes on to say that from 2001 the Heastie Campaign has taken in over $1.1 Million Dollars, with details of spending mostly left out. Also with no explanation of where almost $150,000.00 came from. The Times says Heastie claimed that the donations were less than 50 dollars and did not have to be itemized under state law. 
  The Times continues to detail a $97,910.00 unexplained or to whom the recipient was for said campaign expenditure. The Times also references the Mooreland Commission in which Assemblyman Heastie was one of 28 elected officials under investigation for spending at least $10,000.00 over a six year period without identifying a recipient or omitting the information. The Times adds that the U.S. Attorney's office has taken up the investigation files from the Mooreland Commission which was disbanded by Governor Cuomo last year.
   Unexplained Credit Card Bills involving a check for $8,203.00 to American Express, and almost $17,000.00 more in unexplained credit card bills paid by the campaign are mentioned in the Times article. The Times goes into details about his Frequent car repairs, naming names and amounts. 
   The Times then mentions Campaign funds paid to two of Heastie's Girlfriends, buy football tickets to his Alma Mater Stony Brook University (on Long Island), and frequent meetings or staff events at Manhattan Night Clubs. Several such meetings and or Staff Events are listed and the amounts listed that go up to $1,700.00 for 3 events at H &Y Duet located on West 48th Street in Manhattan.
    The entire New York Times article on now Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie's Campaign Spending can be found at the link in the first sentence of this blog posting. 

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