Former election commissioner changes parties; prompting investigation

By WKTV News

UTICA, N.Y. (WKTV) - Former Oneida County Republican Election Commissioner Pamela Mandryck appears to have switched parties.

Election commissioners say they found a form on Wednesday that Mandryck filed back in October to change her party enrollment.

She filled out the form on October 13th.

The was the last day she could have done so to have it go into effect in effect on November 13th.

According to Oneida County Attorney Greg Amoroso, state law dictates that if the election commissioner is no longer a member of the party that appointed her, she can no longer serve in that position.

That brings any actions under Mandryck as the commissioner into question, including the certification of November elections.

It also brings into question, any benefits and compensation Mandryck received as the commissioner during that time.

Both county and state officials are looking into the issue.

"This whole premise, that there was some secretive....whatever you want to call it, scheme to betray anybody or whatever, no," Mandryck said Thursday. "I stayed. I did my job through the 31st of December. I didn't not show up to work. I did what I needed to do. I was still the Republican Commissioner until that rollover took effect. Therefore, their claim that I served illegally is false."

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