MAMARONECK — A campaign ethics committee on Saturday upheld one complaint and dismissed another by Democrats alleging that their GOP rivals in the race for village Board of Trustees used unfair campaign tactics.
In the first case, the Westchester County Fair Campaign Practices Committee found that Republicans “used” the committee as a “political tool” by filing a complaint against Democrats just days before the Nov. 2 election and then circulating an “inflammatory flyer” that misquoted the body’s finding.
“While the entire finding was produced on one side of the flyer, the reverse cherry-picked words from the finding and added the words ‘They lied,’ which were not part of the finding,” the committee wrote.
In the second case, the committee found no unfair tactics in a separate GOP mailer stating that Democrats “have no record of accomplishments” and “offer only more spending, more taxes and more partisan politics,” among other accusations. This language, the committee said, while vague, was still part of “normal campaign discourse.”
The decision comes as both parties await final word from The Board of Elections on who officially won the six-way race. Election officials have yet to finish counting absentee and affidavit ballots cast Nov. 2.