The Northern Westchester Examiner

Yorktown Democratic Campaign Sign Ruled Unfair

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One of two complaints filed by Yorktown Supervisor Michael Grace with the Westchester County Fair Campaign Practices Committee against Councilman Nick Bianco and his Democratic team was ruled to be valid last week.

Grace complained that a sign that read “Experience Leadership Integrity/Nick Bianco Town Supervisor, Rich Campanaro Town Council, Tom Diana Highway Superintendent, Working Together for Our Future” was misleading because it didn’t indicate whether or not they were incumbents.

The committee, which promotes honest and fair campaigns but has no enforceable powers, ruled the sign to be “unfair” since its implied each candidate was an incumbent when, in fact, only Bianco is currently in office. The committee suggested the sign should include such terms as “elect” or “for” to make it clearer to voters.

Another sign Grace considered wrong that had the heading “Shop Local/Our Candidates Do,” was determined to be fair by the committee since it simply showed a list of candidates who support shopping locally.

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