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Baskin files complaint over Fisher's failure to file report

April N. Baskin, running in the County Legislature’s District 1, has complained to the state Board of Elections that one of her opponents failed to file timely campaign finance reports.

Baskin, endorsed by Democratic Party leaders, faces three other candidates in the Sept. 12 Democratic primary. She said she seeks a state probe into the lack of compliance by candidate Charley H. Fisher III.

“I feel all candidates for elected office need to abide by New York State law,” Baskin said. “Not filing required financial disclosure reports leaves me to wonder if Mr. Fisher is trying to hide something from the people of the 2nd Legislative District. Given his history in politics, Mr. Fisher is fully aware that his campaign finances should be legal, reported on time and available for public review.”

Fisher, a former at-large Council member, acknowledged his campaign is more than two weeks late in meeting the deadline for the latest campaign finance report required by law.

“We continued to send the information, it was just a matter of not having the right date,” he said, adding reports are now updated and submitted.

Fisher and Baskin are competing for the seat being vacated by mayoral candidate Betty Jean Grant. David A. Martinez and Duncan E. Kirkwood are also seeking the Democratic nomination on Sept. 12.

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