Saturday, October 30, 2010

Larkin's campaign disavows KJ mailer 

State Sen. Bill Larkin's campaign said Friday that it never authorized a mailer purportedly sent out by the Village of Kiryas Joel urging voters to support the senator.

"That's bogus as far as we know," said Ralph Caruso, Larkin's campaign manager.

The mailer, which showed up in district residents' mailboxes earlier this week, urges voters to support "our candidate" for state senate and praises Larkin as one who "has helped and will continue to help our community."

But it cites as an example of that help an $11.5 million women's center for which Larkin says he had no role in obtaining funding. The center was built with a number of grants sponsored by then-Gov. George Pataki, U.S. Sens. Chuck Schumer and Hillary Clinton and others, but Larkin's name is not attached to any of them. Larkin, a 20-year incumbent Republican, is being challenged by Monroe town Councilman Harley Doles, a Democrat.

Caruso said Larkin's campaign has "no physical proof connecting (the mailer) to Harley Doles and his campaign." But he noted the mailer's postal permit number was issued in Brooklyn, where Doles has drawn a substantial amount of financial support.

Doles could not be reached for comment in time for this story.


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