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Smith's Campaign Ads Ruled 'Misleading'

MOUNT PLEASANT, N.Y. – The Westchester County Fair Campaign Practices Committee has ruled that advertisements run by District 3 County Legislator candidate Michael Smith are misleading and untruthful.

Smith’s two advertisements were against incumbent Legislator John Nonna (D/Pleasantville). Both advertisements were brought in front of the committee by Nonna.

“I am gratified that the Fair Campaign Practices Committee agreed that Smith’s claims are unfair and misleading,” said Nonna in a press release. “I have run my campaign based on the facts and on my record of serving the citizens I represent.”

The first advertisement claimed that Nonna overrode budget vetoes at the cost of the taxpayers. The committee said in a statement, “The assertion is misleading in that it ignores the effect of revenue changes in the legislative process.”

Nonna’s second complaint against Smith said that Smith’s advertisement falsely claimed that Nonna voted to raid the county’s reserve fund and subsequently lowered the county’s credit.  In a statement, the committee wrote, “There was no evidence presented to link Mr. Nonna’s votes to the credit outlook which results from a pattern of actions over several years.”

Smith said the revenue changes discussed in the report are phony and will never materialize, reiterating that it is not the time to deplete the county's reserve fund.

"I'm disappointed in the committee's findings," Smith said. "I think they looked at my claims from a very narrow perspective."

The Fair Campaign Committee is a group created by the League of Women Voters of Westchester and is comprised of independent community leaders. Those running for office may file complaints with the committee if they feel their opponent is campaigning unethically.

In Tuesday’s election, Nonna is running on the Democratic, Working Families and Independence lines. Smith is running on the Republican and Conservative lines. If reelected, Nonna will serve his third consecutive term as a county legislator.

District 3 encompasses Mount Pleasant, Pleasantville, and Sleepy Hollow, parts of Greenburgh, North Castle and Briarcliff Manor.

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