A candidate for the 118th Assembly District in New York State has been arrested, according to New York State Police.
Robert Smullen, 49, of Gloversville, is charged with felony first-degree offering a false instrument for filing.
Police say Smullen allegedly filed false veteran tax exemption paperwork with the Town of Niskayuna to receive a reduction in property taxes on his residence there, but he was already receiving that exemption on his primary residence in Fulton County.
Smullen, a Republican, is one of three candidates vying for the 118th Assembly District seat being vacated by Assemblyman Marc Butler of Newport. The other two candidates include Republican Patrick Vincent of Cold Brook and Democrat Keith Rubino of Herkimer. The district encompasses Fulton and Hamilton counties, along with parts of Herkimer, Oneida and St. Lawrence counties.
Smullen was processed and released on an appearance ticket, and he’s scheduled to appear in the Town of Niskayuna Court on Aug. 6.