CFB Issues Public Funds in City Council Special Election

18/04/2019

At today's public meeting, the New York City Campaign Finance Board (CFB) issued public funds payments to three campaigns in the special election for City Council District 45; issued new proposed rules for public comment; recognized seven campaigns from the 2017 elections that have completed the audit process without committing violations; and, determined that three campaigns committed campaign finance violations and assessed penalties. Video footage of the meeting is available at nyccfb.info/live

Public Funds Payments -- Council District 45 Special Election (2019B)

The Board voted to issue public funds payments to candidates in a special election for City Council District 45:
  • Monique Chandler-Waterman - $135,375
  • Farah Louis - $135,375
  • Adina Sash - $69,411
Proposed Rules Issued for Public Comment 

The Board voted to issue proposed rules for public comment. The proposed amendments to the Board rules cover disclosure, contributions, expenditures, public funds payments, disclosure of independent expenditures, and various other aspects of the New York City Campaign Finance Program. These amendments are being made to clarify and update content to help support public understanding of, and compliance with, the Board rules. The proposed rules also include minor plain language revisions and reorganization of text. 

The Board will hold a public hearing on the proposed rules at 1:00 p.m. on June 13, 2019. The hearing will be in the Board’s offices at 100 Church Street, 12th Floor, New York, NY 10007. The deadline to submit written comments via email or online about these proposed rules is June 12, 2019.

Completed Audit Process Without Violations or Penalties Assessed by Board (2017 Elections)

Starting with the 2017 election cycle, the Board is recognizing campaigns that completed the post-election audit process without any violations or penalties assessed by the Board. At today's meeting, the Board applauded the following candidates and their campaign staff for their diligence in running a campaign that maintained compliance with NYC's campaign finance law.
 
Candidate Office / District Program
Participant
Public Funds
Received 

Ronnie S. Cho
 
City Council (District #02) No N/A

David Eisenbach
 
Public Advocate Yes $0

Karree-Lyn Gordon
 
City Council (District #12) Yes $0

Jeffrey S. Mailman
 
City Council (District #04) Yes $91,554

Bill Perkins
 
City Council (District #09) Yes $61,656

Rafael Salamanca, Jr.
 
City Council (District #17) No N/A

Frank Spotorno
 
City Council (District #05) No N/A


Violations and Penalties
(for details, follow the link in the Total Penalties column)

The Board determined that three campaigns committed campaign finance violations and assessed penalties for those violations. Two campaigns are from the 2017 election cycle, the other from a 2017 special election in City Council District 9.

Candidate (Election Cycle) Office Violation Penalty Total Penalties


Everly Brown
(2017)

Treasurer:
Araynia Fletcher

Public Funds Received: $0

 

Borough President (Queens) 1. Failing to file disclosure statements $5,625 $6,725
2. Failing to provide bank statements $600
3. Failing to attend a mandatory training $500
 
Candidate (Election Cycle) Office Violation Penalty Total Penalties
Charles Cooper
(2017A)

Treasurer:
Sidiki Donzo

Public Funds Received: $0
City Council (District #09) 1. Failing to document outstanding liabilities $1,000 $5,296
2. Accepting over-the-limit contributions $3,175
3. Failing to report transactions $71
4. Failing to demonstrate compliance with cash receipts reporting and documentation requirements $50
5. Failing to demonstrate compliance with reporting requirements for receipts or disbursements $500
6. Filing a late disclosure statement $50
7. Accepting contributions from corporations, limited liability companies, or partnerships $300
8. Failing to document transactions $100
9. Failing to demonstrate compliance with intermediary reporting and documentation requirements No Penalty
10. Maintaining a petty cash fund greater than $500 $50
 
Candidate (Election Cycle) Office Violation Penalty Total Penalties

Alison Tan
(2017)

Treasurer:
Derek Hsiang

Public Funds Received: $100,100

 
City Council (District #20) 1. Filing a late disclosure statement No Penalty $715
2. Late reporting of transactions in daily pre-election disclosure statements $100
3. Making impermissible post-election expenditures $615
 
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