The Missing Link: Darryl Mount and the Saratoga County District Attorney

The office of the District Attorney is a powerful one. As will be discussed below, complaints by citizens over the death of Daryll Mount were sent to the New York State Attorney General who in turn referred them to the DA back in 2013. The DA has the power even today to select from a number of options to see that an independent review is carried out. Instead, it appears that the referrals by the Attorney General fell into a black hole.

Several weeks ago Public Safety Commissioner Robin Dalton was kind enough to provide me with the documents below. They represent the 2013 correspondence from the then-Attorney General, Eric Schneiderman, to the Saratoga County District Attorney’s office.

According to the documents the Attorney General received quite a number of complaints regarding the Saratoga Springs Police Department. Many of these complaints related to the Darryl Mount incident. As the readers of this blog know, Mr. Mount was mortally hurt following a police chase in Saratoga Springs in the fall of 2013.

The Attorney General referred all of these complaints to James Murphy III. Mr. Murphy had been the Saratoga District Attorney for decades. However, at the time these referrals were made, Mr. Murphy had left the DA’s office and become a New York State judge.

Karen Heggen had been Judge Murphy’s assistant at the District Attorney’s office and with his leaving she became “acting” DA. She subsequently was elected District Attorney and is currently serving in this office. She would have been responsible for addressing the referrals made to her office by the Attorney General.

Each complaint had an accompanying cover letter. The letter requested that the DA’s office take “…whatever action you deem appropriate.”

What If Anything Did The District Attorney Do In Response To the Attorney General’s Referrals?

I was interested in learning if there had been any effort by any public institution to initiate an independent investigation of the Darryl Mount case. To that end, I FOILed the city with the following request:

“This FOIL is to request all correspondence between the city and other public institutions requesting that an independent investigation into the death of Darryl Mount.”

Unfortunately, while the city acknowledged that they do have documents pertaining to my request, they denied me access citing “…they pertain to inter-agency and intra-agency documents that contain opinions, advice, recommendations, etc. which may be withheld pursuant to Public Officers Law 87(2)(g).”

Subsequent to this denial I wrote to Saratoga County DA Karen Heggen as follows:

In October of 2013 Eric Schneiderman, then the attorney general, referred to your office complaints about the troubling circumstances of Darryl Mount’s injury and subsequent death.

Do you recall how you responded to these referrals?

Email from John Kaufmann to Karen Heggen

So far Ms. Heggen has not responded.

Karen Heggen Is The Critical Player In Any Independent Investigation

This all led me on a hunt for understanding what role the District Attorney had in this matter. I explored the issue by searching the web and I reached out to my network of attorneys.

First, my legal contacts all observed that an incident like Mount’s required an independent investigation. Asking an institution like a police force to investigate itself was problematic. At a minimum, the optics would ensure what we have seen, that a cloud would hang over the institution.

They also explained to me that not only did the District Attorney have the tools to pursue an investigation at the time, but that there is no statute of limitations keeping Ms. Heggen from acting even today.

She has three basic options:

First, Ms. Heggen could request that the New York State Police investigate how the Saratoga Springs Police Department handled all the aspects of the Mount case. Their mission would not be to determine the potential criminal culpability of the officers involved but to establish whether there were any improprieties in the entire affair.

Second, Ms. Heggen could impanel a grand jury to investigate the entire case. Grand juries meets in secret. They can, however, issue a report to the public regarding their findings. The grand jury could potentially issue an indictment. They could also report on any problems they found with the handling of the case and issue recommendations for corrective action.

Finally, Ms. Heggen could refer the issue back to the Attorney General citing a lack of resources in her office to properly handle this. The Attorney General has considerable resources to pursue all this.

The central issue is that Ms. Heggen, as the Saratoga County District Attorney, is key to any independent review.

It is frustrating and disturbing that the Attorney General referred this sensitive case to Ms. Heggen’s office and the public has no idea what if anything she has done.

Our City Council should insist that District Attorney Heggen publically disclose what actions she took as a result of receiving the referrals from the Attorney General. If Ms. Heggen refuses to disclose what happened, the City Council should ask the Attorney General to take action.

The fact that the family of Daryll Mount is suing the city is no excuse for not having an independent body carry out a rigorous review.

Let me be clear, I have no idea how Darryl Mount died. I find it troubling that many of those protesting assume that he was murdered by the police. What is available to the public currently is insufficient to draw any final conclusions.

It is axiomatic that there should be an independent investigation. Ms. Heggen has the authority to pursue all this and it is my hope that she will rise to the occasion and at a minimum tell the public what she has done so far. Hopefully, she will recognize that justice means a credible and rigorous pursuit of all the facts by her office.

The Correspondence

Mayoral Candidate Ron Kim’s Regrettable Attempt to Rewrite History

The libertarian website “Moving Saratoga Forward” has posted a video documenting a bizarre event at the recent League of Women Voters Candidate Forum. In the video, Ron Kim, Democratic candidate for mayor, claims that the most important issue facing Saratoga is that “we don’t have an eastside fire station.” He goes on to claim that when he was Commissioner of Public Safety, Republicans blocked his attempt to build a fire station on the city’s eastside. This is not true.

The facts are that the only time he submitted a proposal to build any kind of public safety facility was at the October 2, 2007, City Council Meeting, and it was not a fire station station (minutes):

  1. The project he proposed was a new facility for the police department, not a fire station. It was to be erected not on the eastside but on Woodlawn Avenue. This is from the resolution proposed by Mr. Kim: “WHEREAS, the Final Feasibility study recommended as one of the preferred sites, the construction of a 47,000 square foot facility at the City owned lot at the Woodlawn Avenue Parking Lot;”
  2. His proposal was defeated by Democrats, not Republicans. There were no Republicans on the City Council at the time. The cost of his proposed facility was estimated at $17,000,000.00. It lost on a three to two vote. In favor were Mr. Kim (D) and Mayor Valerie Keehn (D). Opposed were John Franck (D), Matt McCabe (an Independent who had been endorsed by the Democrats), and Tom McTygue (D).
  3. When his proposal for the police facility was defeated, Mr. Kim abruptly walked out of the City Council meeting. According to the minutes of the October 2, 2007 minutes: “Commissioner Ron Kim said that sometimes it is important to stand on principle and did not feel the need to spend any more time with the Council. He then pulled the remainder of his agenda and departed.”

The plain and simple fact is that Mr. Kim never submitted a proposal for an eastside fire station during his tenure as Commissioner of Public Safety as he stated at the League of Women Voters event.

The Video From Moving Saratoga Forward

Here is a link to the video.

Saratoga Springs Democratic Committee Channels Donald Trump

Fear and Loathing In Saratoga Springs

It appears that our own local Saratoga Springs Democratic Party is utilizing the very same tactics as Donald Trump in their fervor to win the election.

One of the unfortunate aspects of Donald Trump’s presidency was his unrestrained use of fear and anger. He portrayed the Democrats as enemies of democracy. In spite of the almost uniform rulings by judges across the United States that Joe Biden had legitimately won the presidency, he harped on the myth that a well-funded conspiracy by the Democratic Party involving a variety of tools including tampered voting machines had stolen the election.

It was small wonder then that many of his most ardent followers on January 6 invaded the capital desperate to stop what they saw as an existential threat against American democracy. If you truly believed that the election had been “stolen” of course you would resort to extra-judicial methods to save the republic.

Transforming Into One’s Enemy

It is a grim fact that too often groups in conflict tend to mimic the very methods of their enemies. In the 1950’s we had the McCarthy era when due process and free speech were often sacrificed in our country during the hysteria over alleged communist infiltration. In effect, we used many of the same ruthless methods that Russians employed against their own people.

So now we have the local Democratic party using extreme language and wild accusations to try to win this year’s city elections. Their assertion in their campaign materials that the local Republican endorsed candidates and their supporters are a threat to democracy is eerily reminiscent of the very Trumpian tactics that these same people have condemned.

The Lawn Signs

The Mailers

Are Local Republican Endorsed Candidates Really A Threat To Our Democracy?

Recently the city’s Democratic Committee planted the above lawn signs around town and sent out the above mailers that urge voters to vote Democratic to “Defend Democracy.”

The slickly produced mailers splash images from the January 6 invasion of the capital in an attempt to foment fear among the city’s Democratic voters that somehow the candidates endorsed by the Republican Party locally are going to undermine democracy.

There is nothing subtle about their campaign. “We need your vote to protect democracy” their mailers proclaim. The local Democratic committee has put up signs that simply proclaim, “Defend Democracy. Vote Democratic.”

Which Republicans Are They Talking About?

Does anyone seriously think that if Skip Scirocco is re-elected as Public Works Commissioner he will somehow undermine democracy in Saratoga Springs?

Skip Scirocco is no Margery Tayler Greene nor are any of the other endorsed Republican candidates.

I have polled the Republican candidates, and every one of them affirmed that Joe Biden is indeed the legitimately elected President of the United States.

I sent the following text to Pat Tuz, the chair of the Saratoga Spring Democratic Committee:

In mailers and lawn signs your party asserts that citizens must vote for Democrats to protect Democracy.  Could you identify which Republicans running for city office are a threat and how they would use their office to subvert our local democratic institutions?

Text sent to Pat Tuz

Chair Tuz never responded.

Creating Division In Our Community

This city is fortunate to have many thoughtful and caring people. Just because a person is registered as a Republican does not mean that they adhere to the crazy conspiracy theories popular among many Republicans nationwide.

These cynical and inflaming mailers and signs can only seed more suspicion and fear. It is this kind of mindless division that is the threat to our democracy whether promoted by Donald Trump or by our local Democratic Committee.

Domenique Yermolayev, Democratic Candidate for Commissioner of Public Works Takes The High Road

I noticed that the name and image of Domenique Yermolayev, the Democratic endorsed candidate for Commissioner of Public Works, did not appear in either of the mailers above.

I contacted her and asked why she was missing from the mailings.

She sent me the following email in reply:

Hey John,

Yeah…we decided not to participate for a variety of reasons. My campaign is really focused on solving tangible, local issues…this flyer did not align well with our messaging or the “style guide” which Ashley (my campaign manager) and I try to adhere to.  I think it is a part of a series actually, and we opted out. I am a NOP with my own line, the “Functional Party” who filled the Democratic vacancy, so there are a number of instances in that last year where Ashley and I…go our own ways from the slate.  I thank the Democrats for their continued support in finding a new Comissioner of Public Works that can bring our city into the modern era. We did our own mailer which I think really speaks more to what I am trying to achieve if elected. I attached mockups of it here.

Ask me more about it on November 3rd…

All the best,


Domenique Yermolayev, Democratic Candidate for Commissioner of Public Works

A Cynical Strategy

Democratic voters enjoy a modest advantage in numbers over Republicans here in Saratoga.

It appears that the strategy of the Democratic Committee and their candidates, except for Ms. Yermolayev, is to write off the Republicans and mobilize Democratic voters through fear.

Will it work? We will find out election night.

Contributions Report For Democratic Mayoral Candidate Ron Kim

[Donors who contribute less than $100.00 do not have to disclose their name. This list is in ascending order so the first ones have no name associated with them.]

Contribution Date Amount Contributor Name
7/17/2021 $5.00
7/17/2021 $10.00
9/29/2021 $20.00
5/19/2021 $25.00
6/19/2021 $25.00
7/13/2021 $25.00
7/19/2021 $25.00
8/4/2021 $25.00
7/28/2021 $25.00
7/29/2021 $25.00
7/29/2021 $25.00
8/3/2021 $25.00
8/19/2021 $25.00
8/21/2021 $25.00
9/8/2021 $25.00
9/8/2021 $25.00
9/8/2021 $25.00
9/10/2021 $25.00
9/11/2021 $25.00
9/19/2021 $25.00
9/20/2021 $25.00
9/27/2021 $25.00
9/29/2021 $25.00
9/29/2021 $25.00
9/30/2021 $25.00
10/13/2021 $25.00
10/13/2021 $25.00
10/14/2021 $25.00
10/15/2021 $25.00
10/15/2021 $25.00
10/15/2021 $25.00
5/4/2021 $25.00 Joseph Seeman
7/8/2021 $30.00
8/24/2021 $35.00
5/4/2021 $50.00
6/2/2021 $50.00
6/6/2021 $50.00
6/6/2021 $50.00
6/6/2021 $50.00
6/6/2021 $50.00
6/7/2021 $50.00
6/7/2021 $50.00
6/9/2021 $50.00
7/1/2021 $50.00
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7/1/2021 $50.00
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7/1/2021 $50.00
7/1/2021 $50.00
7/2/2021 $50.00
7/7/2021 $50.00
7/7/2021 $50.00
7/7/2021 $50.00
7/8/2021 $50.00
7/9/2021 $50.00
7/11/2021 $50.00
7/18/2021 $50.00
7/23/2021 $50.00
8/4/2021 $50.00
7/27/2021 $50.00
8/3/2021 $50.00
8/27/2021 $50.00
8/29/2021 $50.00
9/4/2021 $50.00
9/7/2021 $50.00
9/8/2021 $50.00
9/8/2021 $50.00
9/8/2021 $50.00
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9/13/2021 $50.00
9/10/2021 $50.00
9/10/2021 $50.00
9/18/2021 $50.00
9/21/2021 $50.00
9/22/2021 $50.00
9/23/2021 $50.00
9/27/2021 $50.00
9/30/2021 $50.00
10/1/2021 $50.00
10/7/2021 $50.00
10/7/2021 $50.00
10/7/2021 $50.00
10/13/2021 $50.00
10/13/2021 $50.00
10/13/2021 $50.00
10/15/2021 $50.00
10/18/2021 $50.00
10/1/2021 $50.00
7/7/2021 $52.41 Law Offices of Ronald J. Kim, P.C.
7/8/2021 $60.00
7/9/2021 $74.82 Law Offices of Ronald J. Kim, P.C.
7/2/2021 $75.00
7/8/2021 $75.00
7/8/2021 $75.00
8/18/2021 $75.00
8/21/2021 $75.00
8/21/2021 $75.00
8/22/2021 $75.00
8/24/2021 $75.00
8/24/2021 $75.00
8/24/2021 $75.00
8/24/2021 $75.00
8/22/2021 $75.00
9/3/2021 $75.00
6/21/2021 $100.00 Andrew McAdoo
7/13/2021 $100.00 Ann Bullock
10/7/2021 $100.00 Ann Bullock
10/10/2021 $100.00 Barbara Levine
6/28/2021 $100.00 Barbara Rivera
7/25/2021 $100.00 Bernard Mirling
9/7/2021 $100.00 Bernard Mirling
9/13/2021 $100.00 Bill Huyben
6/6/2021 $100.00 Bin Du
6/6/2021 $100.00 Binglin Real Estate, LLC
6/6/2021 $100.00 Chungchin Chen
6/6/2021 $100.00 Cong Li
6/6/2021 $100.00 Daisy Lin
7/1/2021 $100.00 David Mastrianni
7/27/2021 $100.00 Dianna Goodwin
7/1/2021 $100.00 Dillon Moran
7/1/2021 $100.00 Ellen Egger-Aimone
6/6/2021 $100.00 Fei Han
10/7/2021 $100.00 Feng Chen
9/8/2021 $100.00 Friends of Jim Montagnino 2021
6/6/2021 $100.00 Gang Wong
7/8/2021 $100.00 George Carlson Jr.
7/1/2021 $100.00 Guy Roemer
8/3/2021 $100.00 Harry Bucciferro
7/1/2021 $100.00 Helen Schwarz-Lawton
7/8/2021 $100.00 Hollyday Hammond
6/6/2021 $100.00 Inbong Kang
10/7/2021 $100.00 Jack Weekes
7/21/2021 $100.00 Jasper Balsamo-Lack
10/3/2021 $100.00 Jeffrey Pohl
10/6/2021 $100.00 Jennifer Leidig
7/8/2021 $100.00 Joachim Bergmann
9/27/2021 $100.00 John Mcelhenny
8/17/2021 $100.00 John Pautler Jr.
7/8/2021 $100.00 Joseph Seeman
6/6/2021 $100.00 JXC Enterprises LLC
8/22/2021 $100.00 Kathy Daly
8/18/2021 $100.00 Kenneth Ritzenberg
9/24/2021 $100.00 Kevin Chao
8/17/2021 $100.00 Larry Fine
9/2/2021 $100.00 Larry Fine
9/29/2021 $100.00 Larry S Fine
6/6/2021 $100.00 Li Zhang
8/20/2021 $100.00 Marcia Smith
5/13/2021 $100.00 Marjorie Martin
8/13/2021 $100.00 Mary Buszuwski
6/22/2021 $100.00 Matthew Cohen
6/6/2021 $100.00 Michael Simon Fondacaro
6/6/2021 $100.00 Minfeng Xu
9/10/2021 $100.00 Nedra S Stimpfle
7/1/2021 $100.00 Otis Maxwell
10/7/2021 $100.00 Pamela Abrams
5/3/2021 $100.00 Patricia Morrison
8/20/2021 $100.00 Patricia Tuz
10/14/2021 $100.00 Paula Keller
9/30/2021 $100.00 Richard Fenton
6/6/2021 $100.00 Ripon Roy
7/11/2021 $100.00 Sarah S Hart
7/8/2021 $100.00 Shaun Wiggins
8/18/2021 $100.00 Terence Diggory
7/1/2021 $100.00 Valerie Cottrell
7/8/2021 $100.00 William McTygue
9/30/2021 $100.00 Zuzia Kwasniewski
4/25/2021 $118.08 Law Offices of Ronald J. Kim, P.C.
7/13/2021 $150.00 Gregory Connors
6/6/2021 $150.00 Jennifer Zhao
6/6/2021 $150.00 Jianzhong Tang
8/24/2021 $150.00 Joachim Bergmann
8/13/2021 $150.00 Pamela Abrams
5/21/2021 $150.00 William McTygue
8/24/2021 $150.00 William McTygue
9/8/2021 $150.00 William McTygue
6/6/2021 $200.00 Aliya Saeed
7/6/2021 $200.00 Bahram Keramati
8/25/2021 $200.00 Bernard Mirling
6/3/2021 $200.00 Cindy Simon Chu
8/31/2021 $200.00 Daniel Chernoff
10/12/2021 $200.00 Janet St. Clair
10/1/2021 $200.00 Jeff Altimari
7/1/2021 $200.00 Jeff Daly
6/14/2021 $200.00 Kerry Conley
8/9/2021 $200.00 Margarita Muinelo
6/6/2021 $200.00 Shaopeng Liu
6/19/2021 $200.00 Susan Cohen
9/8/2021 $200.00 Thomas McTygue
10/7/2021 $200.00 William McTygue
6/12/2021 $220.00 Law Offices of Ronald J. Kim, P.C.
7/21/2021 $250.00 Bonnie O’Connor
8/21/2021 $250.00 CapitalWomen PAC
8/24/2021 $250.00 Carusone & Carusone
8/9/2021 $250.00 Donald Lipkin
9/11/2021 $250.00 Evan Stavisky
5/26/2021 $250.00 Frieda Hammond-Carmer
7/9/2021 $250.00 Jaime Butler
7/7/2021 $250.00 Janet St. Clair
9/4/2021 $250.00 Jason Golub
7/22/2021 $250.00 Jeff Cassidy
7/8/2021 $250.00 Joanne Yepsen
9/5/2021 $250.00 John Carter
10/5/2021 $250.00 John Carter
9/29/2021 $250.00 Josh Schwerin
6/5/2021 $250.00 Julie Cuneo
6/6/2021 $250.00 Lili Kuo
6/10/2021 $250.00 Lillian Moy
7/8/2021 $250.00 Lillian Moy
7/13/2021 $250.00 Margie S Van Meter
6/9/2021 $250.00 Martha MacGregor
8/11/2021 $250.00 Martha Strohl
6/6/2021 $250.00 Michelle Ostrelich
9/23/2021 $250.00 Nelvin Joseph Adriatico
6/3/2021 $250.00 Patricia Morrison
8/20/2021 $250.00 Peter Loyola
8/13/2021 $250.00 Rayna Caldwell
5/21/2021 $250.00 Sandra McTygue
7/8/2021 $250.00 Sarah Burger
10/3/2021 $250.00 Sarah Burger
10/7/2021 $250.00 Shafer Gaston
5/21/2021 $250.00 Thomas McTygue
9/7/2021 $250.00 Tony Krackeler
6/21/2021 $250.00 Valerie Keehn
4/19/2021 $250.00 Warren Dart
8/22/2021 $300.00 Buenos Hill Inc.
9/30/2021 $300.00 David Rentschler
9/29/2021 $300.00 Susan Goldberg
4/23/2021 $312.00 Law Offices of Ronald J. Kim, P.C.
5/13/2021 $314.92 FRIENDS OF KENDALL HICKS
9/8/2021 $350.00 Dianne Pedinotti
7/1/2021 $500.00 Al Ormsby
6/7/2021 $500.00 Citizens For Franck
9/29/2021 $500.00 Citizens For Franck
4/7/2021 $500.00 Eleanora Kim
8/24/2021 $500.00 Friends Of Peter Martin
6/8/2021 $500.00 FRIENDS OF PETER MARTIN
6/18/2021 $500.00 Gordon Boyd
9/8/2021 $500.00 Gordon Boyd
6/6/2021 $500.00 Hsinpang Wang
9/12/2021 $500.00 James Towne
5/17/2021 $500.00 Jeff Altimari
7/1/2021 $500.00 Jill Kolbe
7/1/2021 $500.00 Mary Flaherty
6/2/2021 $500.00 Patricia Tuz
6/30/2021 $500.00 Patrick Diggins
8/16/2021 $500.00 Randi Cigelnik
7/1/2021 $500.00 SCH PAC
10/18/2021 $500.00 Steve Heyman
4/30/2021 $515.00 Law Offices of Ronald J. Kim, P.C.
6/6/2021 $750.00 Qun Lin
9/30/2021 $1,000.00 Christopher Hurley
9/23/2021 $1,000.00 Mary Liu
9/8/2021 $1,000.00 Ria Curley
9/28/2021 $1,000.00 Richard Schumaker
8/24/2021 $1,000.00 Sharon Boyd

Contributions Report For Independent Mayoral Candidate Robin Dalton

[Donors who contribute less than $100.00 do not have to disclose their name. This list is in ascending order so some of the first ones have no name associated with them.]

Contribution Date Amount Contributor Name
5/23/2021 $4.00 Robin Dalton
10/17/2021 $10.00 Ann Fantauzzi
9/27/2021 $10.00 Harrison Becker
9/30/2021 $10.00 Jen Pasek
8/20/2021 $10.00 Matthew Taylor
5/23/2021 $10.00 Robin Dalton
10/12/2021 $10.00 Ryan Brower
6/1/2021 $10.00 Wendy Taylor
4/26/2021 $20.00 Robin Dalton
6/9/2021 $25.00 Barbara Capone
7/10/2021 $25.00 Charles Donath
6/17/2021 $25.00 Gayle LaSalle
6/9/2021 $25.00 Kathleen Wilson
6/9/2021 $30.00
7/12/2021 $50.00 David Rockefeller
8/5/2021 $50.00 Elizabeth Beauregard
6/17/2021 $50.00 Frank Spensieri
9/16/2021 $50.00 Liana Doyle
6/4/2021 $50.00 Mollie Kavanagh
8/14/2021 $50.00 Valerie Collins
9/26/2021 $75.00 George Cain
9/26/2021 $75.00 Nancy Cain
9/16/2021 $100.00 Andrea Lakian
6/9/2021 $100.00 Andrea Larlan
10/17/2021 $100.00 Andrea Larlan
6/9/2021 $100.00 Angelo Calbone
10/8/2021 $100.00 Deidre Ladd
9/16/2021 $100.00 Eileen Finneran
10/7/2021 $100.00 Eileen Finneran
8/20/2021 $100.00 Elizabeth Beauregard
10/12/2021 $100.00 Eric Mumford
6/24/2021 $100.00 Jenny Mirling
6/9/2021 $100.00 Joanna Zangrando
9/16/2021 $100.00 John Lakian
10/18/2021 $100.00 Lawrence Novak
6/22/2021 $100.00 Liana Doyle
6/23/2021 $100.00 M. Kathryn Gorman
6/9/2021 $100.00 Martha Jane Weihe
7/6/2021 $100.00 Meagan Lyons
6/23/2021 $100.00 Miriam Scarborough
6/23/2021 $100.00 Miriam Scarborough
9/22/2021 $100.00 Richard Lofstad
10/17/2021 $100.00 Taunia Kipp
10/11/2021 $100.00 Tom Federlin
6/10/2021 $150.00 Forward Ventures, LLC
8/26/2021 $155.00 Robin Dalton
6/4/2021 $200.00 David Appel
6/9/2021 $200.00 Eileen Finneran
5/23/2021 $200.00 Jerry Redfield
10/12/2021 $200.00 John Lakian
10/12/2021 $200.00 Zaven Yarmunian
10/14/2021 $250.00 Cara Milde
10/7/2021 $250.00 Cynthia Corbett
7/18/2021 $250.00 Giovanna DOrazio
6/23/2021 $250.00 Martha Strohl
6/9/2021 $250.00 Matthew Jones
10/13/2021 $250.00 Matthew Jones
10/12/2021 $250.00 Rachel Uccellini
8/13/2021 $250.00 Steven Greenblatt
10/12/2021 $250.00 Tamie Ehringer
8/23/2021 $275.00 John Baker
10/8/2021 $282.00 Adam Israel for Finance
6/17/2021 $300.00 Caragh Dalton Fahy
4/28/2021 $300.00 Zaven Yarmunian
7/29/2021 $500.00 Andi Staffan
6/9/2021 $500.00 Gloria Dalton
8/24/2021 $500.00 Matthew Dalton
7/6/2021 $500.00 Megan Durckman
5/23/2021 $1,000.00 Amy Cantanucci
6/17/2021 $1,000.00 Christopher Dolinsky
7/11/2021 $1,000.00 David Myers
5/23/2021 $1,000.00 Jared Cantanucci
5/23/2021 $1,000.00 Josh Doyle
5/23/2021 $1,000.00 Liana Doyle
8/8/2021 $1,000.00 Patty Riggi
10/15/2021 $1,000.00 Peter Quinlan
8/8/2021 $1,000.00 Vincent Riggi

Total: $18,586.00

Contributions Report For Republican Endorsed Candidate for Mayor Heidi Owen West

Earlier this year I posted regarding Ms. Owen West’s July report on contributions. I noted at the time that she had received very few donations from the development community.

Her October report to the New York State Board of Elections is quite different. She received more extensive donations from the development community in this later report.

[Donors who contribute less than $100.00 do not have to disclose their name. This list is in ascending order so the first ones have no name associated with them.]

Amount Contributor Name Filer District
$25.00 Cate R Brizzell
$25.00 Claudina R Ashelman
$30.00 Mary E Clark
$40.00 Anne L Van Acker
$50.00 DANIEL R Kumlander
$50.00 John P Carroll
$50.00 Lezlie R Dana
$50.00 Michael G Caimano
$50.00 Ninki R Carroll
$50.00 Robert L Tarrant
$60.00 Mike Smith
$80.00 Nick Wilock
$95.00 Nancy E Dwyer
$100.00 Barbara Hodge
$100.00 Barbara Hodge
$100.00 Bruce H Bradigan
$100.00 Chris Hebert
$100.00 Dale Cotton
$100.00 David Barry
$100.00 Debra C Dann
$100.00 Donald Briem
$100.00 Donnellan Law, PLLC
$100.00 Elizabeth Macy
$100.00 Geriann Eddy
$100.00 Gillian Hirsch
$100.00 Jack Ashelman
$100.00 James Grande
$100.00 James Grande
$100.00 James Lee
$100.00 James M Hill
$100.00 Jessica Richer
$100.00 John Carroll
$100.00 Joseph Sirianni
$100.00 Keith Cavayero
$100.00 Kim Teator
$100.00 Kitty Tally
$100.00 Laura Furo
$100.00 Lawrence Ambrosino
$100.00 Mark Cacozza
$100.00 Mark Laskey
$100.00 Mary Lou Doyle
$100.00 Maureen R Lewi
$100.00 Melissa R Zieker
$100.00 Michael R Woytowich
$100.00 Nancy Trimbur
$100.00 O’Donnell’s Irish Imports, Inc.
$100.00 Peter R Copeletti
$100.00 Raymond O’Conor
$100.00 Roderick Sprattling
$100.00 Shauna Sutton
$100.00 Sheila Sperling
$100.00 Steven Bulger
$100.00 Steven Dolinsky
$100.00 Thomas Di Palermo
$100.00 Total Fitness Solution LLC
$100.00 Walsh & Walsh, LLP
$100.00 William Armstrong
$105.00 Deborah Garnsey
$125.00 Dorthy Foster
$125.00 Michael R Billok
$150.00 Angelo Calbone
$150.00 Jo Ann White
$150.00 Judy A Harrigan
$150.00 Mary Wheeler
$200.00 Carol V Gurney
$200.00 Friends Of Kathy Marchione Committee
$200.00 Mary Lou R Wait
$200.00 Matthew Dorsey
$200.00 Patricia Millens
$250.00 Alessandra R Hall
$250.00 Ally Meyers
$250.00 Amber Briscoe
$250.00 Augie Vitiello
$250.00 Brien Hollowood
$250.00 Chris Martell
$250.00 Cliff Van Wagner
$250.00 Craig Hayner
$250.00 Dmitriy Yermolayev
$250.00 Douglas Comer
$250.00 Elizabeth O’Brien
$250.00 Ferradino Firm, PLLC
$250.00 Frank Parillo
$250.00 Jeannette Liebers
$250.00 Jeffrey Altamari
$250.00 John Munter
$250.00 John F Baker
$250.00 Kathleen Sanvidge
$250.00 Michael Munter
$250.00 Michael Zurlo
$250.00 Noel Smith
$250.00 PAtty Hasbrouck
$250.00 Peter Elmendor
$250.00 Richard Sellers
$250.00 Robert Saba
$250.00 Rod Sutton
$250.00 Ronald Owen
$250.00 Rory Whelan
$250.00 Rudy DeFelice
$250.00 Sandra Duffy
$250.00 Scott Varley
$250.00 SD Atelier – Architecture, LLC
$250.00 Sean Fitzgerald
$250.00 Spoken Botique LLC
$250.00 Stacy Gorman
$250.00 Todd Baright
$250.00 Tom L Lewis
$300.00 David Quinn
$300.00 John Celeste
$300.00 Matt Amodeo
$350.00 Lance Plumbing LLC
$350.00 Mike Okby
$350.00 Walbridge Building Inc.
$500.00 Almeda Riley
$500.00 Anthony Maney
$500.00 B & B Plumbing Inc.
$500.00 Balzer Tuck Architecture, PLLC
$500.00 Belmonte Builders Llc
$500.00 Brandi Insruance Brokerage LLC
$500.00 Brian D Brumley
$500.00 Caroline Ray
$500.00 Charles Cronin
$500.00 David Bauer
$500.00 Delores Parillo
$500.00 DZ Restraurants, Inc.
$500.00 Eddie Dubrawski
$500.00 Frank Zilka
$500.00 James B Dorsey
$500.00 Joey Gullion
$500.00 Keith Tanny
$500.00 Lee Pokoik
$500.00 Linda Toohey
$500.00 Marini Services, Llc
$500.00 Michael Phinney
$500.00 Michael Toohey
$500.00 Mind Genomics Advisors, LLC
$500.00 New Colony LLC
$500.00 Peter Copeletti
$500.00 Raymond Apy
$500.00 Richard Higgins
$500.00 Robert Manz
$500.00 Ronald F Owen
$500.00 Saratoga Springs PBA
$500.00 Stephen Obermayer
$500.00 Terrace Corporation of NY
$500.00 Thomas Gardner
$500.00 Tom Beck
$500.00 Tom Roohan
$500.00 Tom Roohan
$500.00 Tracy Schwab
$500.00 Vinny Dimartino
$500.00 W. J. Morris Excavating, Inc.
$500.00 Witt Construction, Inc.
$520.00 9 Miles East Saratoga LLC
$750.00 550 Restaurant, LLC
$750.00 David Catalfamo
$750.00 Domonic Trimarchi
$1,000.00 240 Fitch LLC
$1,000.00 30 Year Farm, LLC
$1,000.00 343 Second Avenue LLC
$1,000.00 37 Greenfield LLC
$1,000.00 421 Broadway, LLC
$1,000.00 A.L.L. Wood Floors, LLC
$1,000.00 Andrea Spungen
$1,000.00 Anthony Ianniello
$1,000.00 Avalanche Strategies, LLC
$1,000.00 Betsy West
$1,000.00 Bonnie View LG LLC
$1,000.00 Brian Hart
$1,000.00 Broadway & Spring Restoration LLC
$1,000.00 CHARLES V WAIT
$1,000.00 Donna Wardlaw
$1,000.00 Edward Mitzen
$1,000.00 Gloria Menustik
$1,000.00 Hampstead America, LLC
$1,000.00 Hoffman Development Corporation
$1,000.00 Jeff Levy
$1,000.00 John Behrendt
$1,000.00 Joseph L Gullion
$1,000.00 Judith Needham
$1,000.00 Julie Chlopecki
$1,000.00 Kathryn West
$1,000.00 Keeley Ardman Desalvo
$1,000.00 Keith J Powers
$1,000.00 Kris E Herchenroder
$1,000.00 Lemery Greisler Llc
$1,000.00 Mackey Automotive, LLC
$1,000.00 Mario Martinez
$1,000.00 Mark Haworth
$1,000.00 Martin G Ferrillo Do
$1,000.00 Matthew Esler
$1,000.00 Matthew Jones
$1,000.00 Morgan Construction Services LLC
$1,000.00 Old Saratoga Restorations, Inc.
$1,000.00 Old World Roofing, LLC
$1,000.00 Pamela N Abrams
$1,000.00 Patricia Jenkins
$1,000.00 Peter Rosecrans
$1,000.00 Ryan Venezia
$1,000.00 Sandra Lewis
$1,000.00 Sandra R Eng-Caulfield
$1,000.00 Schermerhorn Residential Holdings, L.P.
$1,000.00 Stephen Sullivan
$1,000.00 Sue Allerdice
$1,000.00 Teakwood Builders, Inc.
$1,000.00 W.P. Dake
$1,000.00 William R Morehouse
$1,500.00 Tom Hoffman
$2,490.00 Screen Designs Inc.
$5,000.00 John R Hendrickson

Total $102,448.00

City Democrats Issue Complaint To New York State Board of Elections Over Republican Handout

City Democrats issue second complaint to New York State Board of Elections regarding a handout promoting citizens to vote for Republican endorsed candidates on the United Saratoga ballot line.

New York State election law requires that items paid for by political committees include the information about who paid for them.

I contacted Chris Obstarczyk, the Saratoga Springs Republican chair.

I would note that in spite of my criticisms of him on this blog, he takes my calls and is always courteous. Readers may recall that I harshly criticized him for being unwilling to criticize the local take over by Republicans of the Working Families Party and his attack on Robin Dalton in a recent Times Union story.

In contrast, the Saratoga Springs Democratic Committee chair does not respond to my texts and emails.

In a text to me, Mr. Obstarczyk wrote:

“The provisions of the Election Law are subject to interpretation on whether palm card is exempt under the statute.”

My understanding is that the law is quite clear and when I pressed him to provide the legal basis for his assertion, he told me that he did not have time given the pressures of the campaign.

The Democrats claim that the “paid for” was left out in order to hide the affiliation of the candidates to the Republican Party. I am skeptical. Most everyone knows that these candidates are endorsed Republicans.

One of the purposes for getting an independent line like United Saratoga is to allow people who do not want to vote Republican to be able to vote for a Republican without appearing to support their party.

I think the Republicans would have been better served to just admit leaving the “paid for by” off was an oversight and move on.

Excellent Profile of Dan De Federicis, Publisher of Saratoga Reports

Saratoga Living has done a nice profile of Dan De Federicis who is the publisher of Saratoga Report. Mr. De Federicis scours the web looking for news stories, letters to the editor, video, and relevant blog posts related to Saratoga Springs for his site. If you subscribe, you receive a daily email linking to the stories.

I find it a great resource. I also like Dan very much. He is a thoughtful observer of our community and he champions the importance of allowing the diverse opinions of everyone to be heard through his site.

Here is a link to the profile.

The Kim Campaign Plays Loose With The Governor

Below are two images. One is from the office of the Governor announcing a visit to get out the vote and support the local Democratic candidates. The other is from an advertisement from the Ron Kim campaign regarding the event. An innocent person might construe from the advertisement that Mr. Kim has been endorsed by our Governor, Kathy Hochul. Such a person would be wrong.

In fact Governor Hochul had explicitly announced to the press that she would not be endorsing any local candidates. This stems from the fact that India Walton, a member of the Democratic Socialists of America defeated the Democratic incumbent Byron Brown in the Buffalo Democratic mayoral primary. Governor Hochul apparently privately supports Brown who is running as a write-in candidate. In order to avoid endorsing Walton she chose to officially eschew endorsing any local candidates statewide.

This is a link to an article regarding the governor’s stand.

In Mr. Kim’s advertisement he and the Governor appear to be standing together and the announcement explicitly states that she is coming to Saratoga to support him along with the other candidates. I do not think it unfair to observe that this gives the impression that she is endorsing Mr. Kim.

Below it is what the governor’s office actually issued. Someone has doctored the original document.

My sources tell me that the Governor learned of this and she was not amused.

I grant that the original states that she is coming to “support” the local candidates and does not use the word endorsement but given the Governor’s strong position that she is not endorsing candidates, this doctored image strikes me as misleading. Others may see it as lawyerly true. I leave it for my readers to decide.

I attempted to find out from Mr. Kim and Saratoga Springs Democratic Committee Chair Pat Tuz who doctored the image. Neither responded.

Ron Kim’s Advertisement

The Governor’s Announcement

One Saratoga Offers Insights into City Council Candidates’ Views on Issues

[JK: With 17 candidates running for City Council positions on nine party lines, the non-partisan group One Saratoga decided to develop a candidate questionnaire to try to help voters sort through the myriad choices voters have this year. Here is a release from One Saratoga explaining where to find out what the candidates who responded (only one candidate on the Democratic line responded, all Republicans and independents responded) to their questionnaire think about taxes, police, homelessness and more.]

One Saratoga is a non-partisan coalition of local residents that seeks to have the best qualified people governing Saratoga Springs regardless of partisan affiliations.  They came together in 2019 out of concern for the City’s well-being. They include committed people who keep close tabs on our City’s governance and are willing to devote effort to this project. Their watchword is, “City before party,” they seek to unite the community, avert partisan rancor and extremism, and encourage serious candidates for public service.   

One Saratoga decided not to endorse candidates for this local election season but has instead chosen to be a candidate informational resource.

Courtney DeLeonardis, Chair, of One Saratoga said, “With so many third-party lines and numerous candidates for each of the positions, we felt it would be most helpful to provide community members with accurate information on where the candidates stand on important issues that affect Saratogians.”

One Saratoga has been using its Facebook page and Webpage to share responses to a questionnaire sent to Saratoga Springs City Council Candidates. The questionnaire focused on seven core issues facing the city. The issues chosen reflected input One Saratoga solicited from Saratogians across the political spectrum.

One Saratoga received a total of ten responses from the candidates who are running for City Council.

A hard copy of the questionnaire was sent to every candidate in the mail, an electronic copy was emailed to each candidate, as well as to the city Democratic and Republican Chairs. Reminder emails were also sent to the city candidates.

Unfortunately, One Saratoga received no responses from four of the endorsed Democratic Candidates or four out of five of the Working Families Party candidates.

Candidates who  DID NOT complete the Questionnaire

Democratic Party :                                           Working Families Party:

Ronald Kim-Mayor                                        Maxwell Rosenbaum-Mayor

Minita Sanghvi-Finance                                 Sierra Hunt-Finance

James Montagnino-Public Safety                   Donald Reeder-Public Works

Dillon Moran-Accounts                                  David Labate-Public Safety

One Saratoga has been sharing responses  from candidates who participated in the questionnaire since September and will continue to do so up until the election on November 2. They release answers to questions focusing on a different core issue each week.

To find out more about One Saratoga and to see the questionnaire results, go to One Saratoga’s Facebook page at- or go to their website at-