40th SD Dem candidates tainted by yet another scandal

ALBANY, NY – Alison Boak’s 40th Senate District campaign faces major ethical questions today after her recently-filed 2015 ethics form revealed she failed to disclose interests and income from a non-profit corporation she controls and other business ventures. Her primary opponent, Andrew Falk, has similar disclosure errors and omissions on his filing, which raises serious ethical inquiries about both candidates.

In 2015, Boak is known to have served as a Pound Ridge Town Councilperson and a “leader in residence” at New York University, but the positions themselves, along with the amount and source of her income is not disclosed in Question 13 on her ethics form. More disturbingly, Boak also failed to disclose if she received income from the International Organization for Adolescents (IOFA).

Scott Reif, the spokesperson for the Senate Republican Campaign Committee said “Residents of the Hudson Valley have had enough of politicians who hide their interest in non-profits and use them as their personal piggy bank. Ali Boak has been caught red handed with her hand in the cookie jar, and someone plagued by so many scandals has no business running for any office.”

In what is undoubtedly sure to create a series of Tax Watch investigation articles, according to the form, Boak’s only source of income in Question 13 was from “211 Willow Avenue,” a rental property in Florida. However, she failed to disclose her ownership of the property and its value on the ethics form in Question 17. There is no such entity as 211 Willow Avenue, according to Flordia DBPR records.

Earlier this year, reporters uncovered criminal nuisance complaints at the property, which is still currently available for rent despite the state of Florida show Boak’s rental license as delinquent since December 2015. Boak failed to disclose the unpaid license in Question 5 of the form. The issue of whether or not she possessed a valid license was raised in 2012 for failure to remit local resort and sales taxes after operating a rental property without a license, according to the Ana Maria Islander.

Significant ethical questions surround the Boak campaign’s retention of Red Horse LLC campaign consulting, which was at the center of the 2014 money laundering scandal involving Mayor Bill de Blasio. Even though the firm was subpoenaed by federal investigators in May as part of the criminal investigation, Boak’s July and August 2016 state campaign finance filings showed thousands more in payments to Red Horse.

Her primary opponent, Andrew Falk, also fumbled the 2016 ethics filing. He failed to indicate he is a licensed lawyer in Question 5 and did not report any clients of his law firm. His past filings have other glaring errors, with the 2014 edition missing the assumed name certificate for the “Law Offices of Andrew Falk” and his percentage of ownership.

“While inadvertent mistakes on the state ethics forms are common, these are not inadvertent mistakes, these are clear omissions,” Reif added. “When those omissions are of law clients and income from non-profits, voters in the September Democratic primary are left asking if it is worth voting for either of these two ethically challenged candidates.”

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