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Independence Party Sues County Exec. Rob Astorino for “Attempted Decapitation”

Judge Orders Astorino Supporters Off Independence Party Enrollment

Independence Party Dr. Giulio Cavallo

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A judge has ordered the removal of 4000 associates and family members of Westchester County Executive Robert Astorino

In a federal lawsuit filed today, the party claimed that Rob Astorino, the Republican Westchester county executive and candidate for governor, threatened to “decapitate” party leadership in a bid to win the Independence Party’s support as he ran for re-election in Westchester last year. The lawsuit alleges that Mr. Astorino undertook a “frantic” effort to win the backing of the party–the allegations include racketeering, conspiracy, wire and mail fraud–by coercing dozens of staff members, political associates, friends and family members to switch their party affiliation to the Independence Party

The reason for the press conference today is that last night, we filed an approximately 174-page complaint that details, further details, racketeering and corruption by Robert Astorino,” said Peter Tilem, an attorney representing the county’s Independence Party.

In an audio tape recording from March of last yearAstorino is heard clearly on a tape recording wanting to decapitate two ranking Independence Party members. Also in the recorded phone conversation,  Astorino is heard saying that the Independence Party will be “screwed” by two-party chairmen would now be working with Mr. Astorino to “decapitate these two.”

Despite Astorino’s criticizing the Independence Party as corrupt today, Rob Astorino has made a combined $14,750 in political contributions to the political party since 2007, including a personal check for $3,000 in 2008, all in an attempt to secure their endorsement in his various races over the years. In fact, Rob Astorino sought and received the Independence Party endorsement in 2003 and 2009 when he ran against incumbent Westchester County Executive Andy Spano.

Despite Astorino’s criticizing the Independence Party as corrupt today, Rob Astorino has made a combined $14,750 in political contributions to the political party since 2007, including a personal check for $3,000 in 2008, all in an attempt to secure their endorsement in his various races over the years. In fact, Rob Astorino sought and received the Independence Party endorsement in 2003 and 2009 when he ran against incumbent Westchester County Executive Andy Spano.

Article based on statement from Westchester Independent Democrats website.

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