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Oneida County D.A. appointed Special Prosecutor in Onondaga County investigation

By WKTV News

ONONDAGA COUNTY, N.Y. - Oneida County District Attorney Scott McNamara has been appointed as a special prosecutor in an investigation into election law violations involving relatives of a county official in Onondaga County.

According to the Syracuse Post Standard, court records show that Onondaga County Executive Joanie Mahoney's campaign manager is a target of a grand jury investigation into allegations of election law violations within the county Republican Party.

State Supreme Court Justice James Tormey has appointed Oneida County District Attorney Scott McNamara, a Democrat, special prosecutor to investigate allegations of an illegal attempt to influence a county Legislature race, the Post Standard Reports. County Republican Party Chairman Tom Dadey has alleged that a former party employee, without authorization, put a brother and a sister of Mahoney on the party committee to vote for Mahoney's choice to fill a vacancy in the Legislature.

In documents supporting the request for a special prosecutor last month, the Onondaga County district attorney's office said it has been investigating since June possible election law and other penal law violations by Mahoney's campaign manager, Ben Dublin, whom the DA's office referred to in the documents as Mahoney's "chief political operative," stated the Post Standard.

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