LIVINGSTON COUNTY — New York State Assemblyman Joe Errigo filed an official criminal complaint over his political opponent’s payment to the Livingston County Conservative Party chair.
According to campaign finance records, Marjorie Byrnes, who is challenging Errigo in the Republican September primary, paid Jason McGuire, Livingston County Conservative Party chair, $20,000 for political consultant work. McGuire has since returned the money.
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“We appreciate the prompt action by the Livingston County DA and his office. This kind of political act does not belong in the 133rd Assembly District,” said Errigo. “This style of politics should stay in Albany and we are saddened that the Byrnes campaign has acted in this manner.”
The Livingston County district attorney passed the complaint to the New York State Attorney General’s Office of Public Intergrity, which is now investigating the matter.
According to New York State Penal Law, a person may be found guilty of Bribe Giving for Public Office when a person confers, or offers or agrees to confer, any money or other property upon a public servant or a party officer upon an agreement or understanding that some person will or may be appointed to a public office or designated or nominated as a candidate for public office. If found guilty of the D Felony Offense the potential sentence one could face is no jail, probation, or 1-3 to 7 years.
Byrnes reported paying McGuire on June 21 and on July 13 McGuire voted as a regional representative to endorse Byrnes as the Conservative Party Candidate.