By Robert Press
BRONX, NEW YORK, JUNE 9- In a lengthy New York Times article titled “Carl Heastie's Campaign Spending Blurs Line Between Politics and Personal" The New York Times goes into detail of what have been called questionable or even unexplained campaign expenses since he was elected to office.
The article opens that on the eve of Carl Heastie's 39th Birthday a tab for $270 for food is listed as a campaign expense. The Times writes that the $270 tab was from the Happy Valley night club in Manhattan which the Times wrote did not serve food, and that the club was famous for its dance floor and Go-Go dancers. Heastie is now 47, and Happy Valley has been permanently closed for years now.
$30,000 has been spent over 9 years on Heastie's BMW by his campaign, while Heastie has collected over $51,000 in mileage reimbursements from the state. That from 2001 the Heastie Campaign has taken in over $1.1 Million with details of spending mostly left out. Also with no explanation of where almost $150,000 came from. The Times says Heastie claimed that the donations were less than $50 and did not have to be itemized under state law.
$97,910 unexplained or to whom the recipient was for said campaign expenditure. The Times also references the Mooreland Commission in which Assemblyman Heastie was one of 28 elected officials under investigation for spending at least $10,000 over a six year period without identifying a recipient or omitting the information. The Times
adds that the U.S. Attorney's office has taken up the investigation files from the Mooreland Commission which was disbanded by Governor Cuomo last year.
Unexplained Credit Card Bills involving a check for $8,203 to American Express, and almost $17,000 more in unexplained credit card bills paid by the campaign are mentioned in the Times article.
The Times then mentions Campaign funds paid to two of Heastie's Girlfriends, buy football tickets to his Alma Mater Stony Brook University (on Long Island), and frequent meetings or staff events at Manhattan Night Clubs. $1,700 for three events at H &Y Duet located on West 48th Street in Manhattan.
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