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More of Golisano’s Money

Tom Golisano

Tom Golisano

Yesterday we calculated that about 1/4 of the money spent by Tom Golisano’s Responsible New York PAC so far has gone to Steve Pigeon and colleagues for consulting fees (about $140,000 out of about $568,000, all spent in August).

(Close to $120,000 was paid to New York Media Strategies, too, which we are told is Jack O’Donnell, formerly of the Kavanaugh and Mesi campaigns and now working alongside Pigeon for Responsible New York.)

Another recipient of Golisano’s money is the Steve Pigeon-controlled PAC Citizens for Fiscal Integrity, to which Pigeon steered $4,000 on August 7. Citizens for Fiscal Integrity was $7,237.09 in debt until it received $5,000 from the Hamburg Land Corporation last June. Though still $2,237.09 in debt, in July the PAC managed to distribute $500 to Barbra Kavanaugh, $1,000 to Joe Mesi, $500 to Frank Sedita III, and $1,000 in consulting fees to Democratic political operative Alexander Smith Alexandra Schmid. That left Citizens for Fiscal Integrity $5,237.09 in the hole at the end of July. Then Pigeon came around with $4,000 of Golisano’s money. So they’re almost out of the hole. Who wants to bet Golisano’s money pulls them all the way out before this fall’s campaign season is finished?

Despite receiving that $4,000 cash infusion, Citizens for Fiscal Integrity chose not to file a campaign disclosure form for the 32-day and 11-day pre-primary deadlines.

Responsible New York dropped another $3,000 on a group called People For Responsible Government, which is not registered at all with New York State’s Board of Elections. The group’s address is 11 Deerhurst Park Boulevard in Tonawanda, which is owned by Dave Pfaff—another well known Democratic operative who is employed by the county and is a spokesman for Citizens for Fiscal Integrity. Another Pigeon associate.

In a Buffalo News article today about another catch-basin for Responsible New York funds (in which staff writer Jim Heaney reports basically what we reported in this week’s print edition, which comes out online only Wednesday night), Steve Pigeon responds to a question about the coordination of all these different cash outlets, “I think it will all come out in the [Board of Election] reports.”

Yeah, probably. But to me it already looks like Pigeon is taking Tom Golisano’s money on a joy ride.


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  • Bert Falco

    David Pfaff is formerly executive director of the Erie County Democratic Committee under Pigeon. He then made a deal with Giambra and got hired by ECMC and later Giambra in the County in 2000. Pfaff got laid off in the Marcgh 2005 county red/green budget. Pfaff got nailed in Comptroller Mark Poloncarz’s 2006 cell phone audit as one of two Giambra political operatives who still possessed and used county cell phones at taxpayer expense for more than one year after involuntarily leaving the county.

    Incredibly, Giambra then re-hired Pfaff in late 2006 and put him on the county payroll in the Department of Senior Services without Pfaff ever taking a civil service exam. Pfaff just resigned in August from the County to take a job with Byron Brown friend and State Senate Minority Leader Malcolm Smith on the State Senate payroll.

    Citzens for Fiscal Integrity, you may recall, received a lot of money from Joel Giambra over the past 2 years. They then shunted a lot of that to Paul Clark’s campaign for county executive in 2007 – a campaign Pfaff worked on, as did Cheektowaga Town Democratic Chairman Frank Max who is now running against Erie County Democratic Chairman Len Lenihan to become county chair.

    What does this all portend – Pfaff, Schmid, O’Donnell, Max, et al? A strategy by Pigeon operating in concert with Golisano and Byron Brown to try and unseat Erie County Democratic Chairman Len Lenihan and his supporters across the party. That would return this community to the vitriolic, anti-community, self-aggrandizement ways of the past of Steve Pigeon.

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