2011-07-29 / Top Stories

Simon Fined By Campaign Finance Board

By Daniel Solomon

In a blast from the past, New York’s Campaign Finance Board recently slapped sanctions on Democratic District Leader Lew Simon for what it said were violations of election law in his 2009 bid to win Joe Adabbo’s vacated City Council seat.

In a hearing, the CFB successfully argued that Simon failed to accurately record donations he received and filed a financial disclosure form five days late, a ruling that resulted in a $650 fine.

The local politician was not the only person ordered to pay up, many other officials have found themselves in hot water with the commission; a few have even racked up tens of thousands of dollars in penalties.

Nevertheless, when reached for comment by The Wave, Simon blasted the finance board’s rendering as “totally unfair,” acknowledging that he had recorded financial data on the wrong disc, but insisting that the disc given to him by the CFB had been the incorrect one in the first place and that by the time the issue had been resolved, he had missed the date for filing the disclosure form. “Why should I have to pay for their mistake?” he asked.

Simon went on to criticize the CFB more generally, stating that it “exists to stop candidates from running.” He also vowed to stand for elected office in the future, saying that he would not be deterred by the fine he had incurred.

Simon made a bid to the Democratic Party to run for the Assembly seat vacated by former Assemblywoman Audrey Pheffer, but was passed over in favor of Far Rockaway resident V. Phillip Goldfeder.

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