CFB Votes on Enforcement Matters for One Campaign; Ratifies Public Funds in the 2019 Off Year Elections

18/07/2019

At today's public meeting, the New York City Campaign Finance Board (CFB) determined that five campaigns committed violations and assessed penalties for these violations. Four of the campaigns are from the 2017 election cycle, one was from a 2017 special election in City Council District 9. Refer to the tables below for details on these determinations. Video from the meeting is available at nyccfb.info/live.

Other actions taken by the Board at today's meeting include:

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 campaigns that maintained compliance with NYC's campaign finance law. Seven of the twelve candidates recognized today were first-time candidates.

Completed Audit Process Without Violations or Penalties Assessed by Board

Candidate

Treasurer

Office / District

Program
Participant

Public Funds
Received 

Sal Albanese John O'Donnell Mayor Yes $0
Henry Butler Lalena Fernandez-Butler City Council
(District #41)
Yes $100,100
Ruben Diaz Jr. Kalman Yeger Boro President (Bronx) Yes $0
Khader El-Yateem Mohammad A. Khan City Council
(District #43)
Yes $64,038
Elvin Garcia Nilka E. Martell City Council
(District #18)
Yes $99,884
Cary M. Goodman Cary M. Goodman City Council
(District #06)
Yes $0
Gwen E. Goodwin Gwen E. Goodwin City Council
(District #05)
No N/A
Liam McCabe Angela Sisto City Council
(District #43)
Yes $100,100
Camella Price Beverly Pinkney Boro President (Bronx) Yes $0
William Ruiz Joseph Giglia City Council
(District #32)
Yes $25,025
Mary Silver Perry D. Silver City Council
(District #02)
Yes $99,264
Mel Wymore Mel Wymore City Council
(District #06)
Yes $100,000


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

Candidate
(Election Cycle)

Office Violation Penalty Total Penalties
Marvin Holland
(2017A)

Treasurer:
Alizabeth Holland

Public Funds Received: $46,143

City Council
(District #09)

1. Failing to provide merchant account statements  $50 $5,671
2. Failing to report transactions $124
3. Failing to demonstrate compliance with reporting requirements for disbursements $250
4. Failing to file daily pre-election disclosure statements $100
5. Failing to comply with subcontractor reporting and documentation requirements $100
6. Accepting over-the-limit contributions $1,250
7. Accepting a contribution from a corporation Violation;
No Penalty
8. Accepting contributions from unregistered political committees $500
9. Failing to demonstrate compliance with intermediary reporting and documentation requirements $100
10. Maintaining a petty cash fund greater than $500 $50
11. Failing to demonstrate that spending was in furtherance of the campaign $100
12. Making impermissible post-election expenditures $547
13. Failing to respond to the Initial Documentation Request and the Draft Audit Report $2,500
 

Candidate
(Election Cycle)

Office Violation Penalty Total Penalties

Robert Capano
(2017)

Treasurer:
Alexander K Buchholz

Public Funds Received: $88,890
 

City Council
(District #43)

1. Filing a late disclosure statement  Infraction;
No Penalty
$595
2. Failing to document transactions $150
3. Accepting contributions from corporations, limited liability companies, or partnerships $445

Candidate
(Election Cycle)

Office Violation Penalty Total Penalties
Richard Florentino
(2017)

Treasurer:
Arthur Schwartz

Public Funds Received: $0
City Council
(District #50)
1. Failing to provide bank statements  $140 $1,317
2. Failing to demonstrate compliance with cash receipts reporting and documentation requirements $50
3. Failing to demonstrate compliance with reporting requirements for receipts $348
4. Filing late disclosure statements $279
5. Failing to respond to the Draft Audit Report $500

Candidate
(Election Cycle)

Office Violation Penalty Total Penalties
Rory Lancman
(2017)

Treasurer:
Stephanie Goldstone

Public Funds Received: $0
City Council
(District #24)
1. Failing to report transactions  $2,215 $8,490
2. Accepting over-the-limit contributions $4,025
3. Accepting contributions from corporations, limited liability companies, or partnerships $1,000
4. Accepting contributions from unregistered political committees $1,250

Candidate
(Election Cycle)

Office Violation Penalty Total Penalties
Ydanis Rodriguez
(2017)

Treasurer:
Roberto Cruz

Public Funds Received: $0
City Council
(District #10)
1. Failing to provide merchant account statements  $200 $3,377
2. Failing to demonstrate compliance with cash receipts reporting and documentation requirements $177
3. Accepting over-the-limit contributions $1,250
4. Accepting a contribution from a corporation $125
5. Accepting contributions from unregistered political committees $1,625


Public Funds Repayment

Candidate
(Election Cycle)

Office

Public Funds
Repayment


Marvin Holland
(2017A)

Public Funds Received: $46,143
 
City Council
(District #09)
$1,211*
*Represents the campaign's final bank balance


Complaints

Candidate
(Election Cycle)

Office

Board Action
On Complaint

Jennifer Berkley
(2017)
City Council
(District #40)
Dismissed
Marvin Holland
(2017A)
City Council
(District #09)
Dismissed
Keith Powers
(2017)
City Council
(District #04)
Dismissed
Paul Vallone
(2017)
City Council
(District #19)
Dismissed


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