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Cohen's 5 Campaign Complaints Result in 1 'Unfair Practice'

The county Fair Campaign Practices Committee found all but one of Bob Cohens complaints against George Latimer to be fair campaign practices.

The Westchester County Fair Campaign Practices Committee today released their findings on complaints filed by Bob Cohen, candidate for New York's 37th state senate district, against his opponent, George Latimer.

Cohen lodged five separate complaints with the committee—which ruled all but one as fair campaign practices.

A mailer entitled “The Truth About Bob Cohen” distributed by the Latimer campaign contains a statement that “Bob Cohen violated state law.” The committee ruled this an unfair practice, citing "insufficient evidence produced of a conviction or finding that 'Bob Cohen violated state law.'"

Cohen also took issue with the mailer because it referred to him as a "slumlord," and, from his perspective, failed to reference sources to qualify the statements regarding suits brought by the Giuliani and Bloomberg administrations. Cohen also said the mailing depicts a "fabrication of a purported drug deal occurring at one of Mr. Cohen’s buildings."

The committee found the statements to be supported by sufficient documentation and said the depiction was "campaign rhetoric" and "does not depict any of Mr. Cohen’s buildings."

Cohen also asked the committee to weigh in another another mailer he said had "false and misleading" statements, but the committee had no finding as it was produced by an outside group unaffiliated with the Latimer campaign.

"Unaffiliated groups issuing campaign materials are a new phenomenon. We continue to encourage campaigns and candidates to disavow such mailings and attacks," the committee said in its findings.

During the hearing, the Latimer campaign said they did not sanction the mailing.

It's the second time in a month the committee has heard from the campaigns for the race; in their communications in television spots and with reporters.

The 37th Senate District is comprised of parts of New Rochelle and White Plains, Bedford-Katonah, Harrison, Rye, Port Chester, Larchmont-Mamaroneck and Bronxville-Eastchester.

Billy October 18, 2012 at 05:14 PM
Listen for Mayor Bloomberg's ad endorsing Bob Cohen on the airways, even he says Latimer is lying. George, how low can you go?
Billy October 23, 2012 at 02:00 PM
Here's a link so you know its true. Go ahead and give it a listen. http://soundcloud.com/yearsgonebyeny/mayor-michael-bloomberg
CHris B October 29, 2012 at 02:59 AM
I've lived in Larchmont 25 yrs and George Latimer has I've been happy to have George Latimer represente my community in County/State posts much of that time. Many of my neighbors here in Larchmont take the view: Why would anyone vote for anyone else? George is honest, sincere, and non-ideological/ pragmatic. He cares, he works hard, he is one of us. I trust him to evaluate things that affect us fairly and to vote intelligently for pragmatic solutions. I can hardly care if Latimer has missed something like 75 out of THOUSANDS of votes over many years: Maybe that vote declaring "Domestic dog day in Oswego" was a good time to hit the rest room. MAybe he was out sick a few days like all of us. ANd spending taxpayer money on meals out ? I would rather see assemblymen --whose salaries are very low -- use some taxpayer funds to have meetings in restaurants, meet constituents there, etc. -- fine ( I have personaly attended sessions at a Larchmont diner where Latimer paid for coffee for over 40 people) than have real estate developers taking them for fancy meals on THEIR dime. I have never heard Bob COhen speak, but I get deluges of garbage negative mail from him and his national PAC allies. It is just a total turn-off. WHy would I ever vote for a guy like that? I wish I could tell his PAC backers and his own campaign to take me off their Postal Assault list .... CHris B , Larchmont NY

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