116th Assembly race heats up when it comes to disclosure forms


UTICA, N.Y. (WKTV) - We are now less than a month away from the special election for the 116th assembly district seat, and so far it's been a very low-key, quiet campaign. Now that we're in the home stretch, things are starting to get a little heated.

It all started with financial disclosure forms. Republican Greg Johnson called on his opponent, Democrat Anthony Brindisi, to release his legal clients and business interests. Johnson wanted to follow the rules of the newly signed "Public Integrity Reform Act." It doesn't take effect until 2013, but would require candidates in professions like law and medicine to disclose their clients and patients.

However, under the current ethics disclosure law, candidates should not report their clients and patients.

Johnson and Brindisi both sent their disclosure forms to NEWSChannel 2, along with statements concerning the other's opponents. Several claims and accusations were made against the other. The claims from Brindisi's campaign include that Johnson is allegedly registered to vote in Florida. Johnson's camp responded with claims against Brindisi such as he allegedly misused state property in a campaign mailer.

Click on the related content to see the full statements from both Brindisi and Johnson.

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