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COUNTY FAIR CAMPAIGN PRACTICES COMMITTEE
Chatsworth Avenue #3E, Larchmont, NY 10538
CONTACT: Susan Schwarz, Chair
FINDINGS IN THE COMPLAINTS OF GERRY KLEIN AGAINST SHARI
GORDON, CANDIDATES FOR CORTLANDT TOWN JUSTICE
Westchester County Fair Campaign Practices Committee met on September 3, 2013
to hear the complaint of Gerry Klein against Shari Gordon, candidates for
Cortlandt Town Justice. Mr. Klein, who represented himself, was
accompanied by Stephen DeName; Ms. Gordon was represented by Alan Goldston.
complained that lawn signs for Ms. Gordon were misleading because the wording
read, “Shari Gordon – Cortlandt Town Justice”, which could give the impression
that she was the incumbent.
Unfair. The Committee found that the wording of the sign violated the
Committee’s Guidance to Candidates, which state that, “A candidate should not
create the false impression that he/she is an incumbent. Examples are bumper
stickers, signs, and/or palm cards that contain logos of the name and the
office without the usual words such as ‘Elect’ or ‘For’...”
Committee noted that as soon as the matter was brought to the attention of the
Gordon campaign, efforts were made to remedy it.
purpose of the Westchester Fair Campaign Committee is to promote a climate in
which candidates conduct honest and fair campaigns. The Committee encourages
candidates to conduct campaigns openly and fairly, to discuss issues, to
refrain from dishonest and defamatory attacks, and not to use campaign
materials that distort the facts.
Committee does not sit as a censor of political discussion nor as a body to
enforce election law or make legal decisions. Its task is to accept written
complaints about alleged unfair campaign practices and to determine whether the
action complained about is indeed unfair. Among other things, the Committee
will consider to be unfair any campaign practice that is a misstatement of a
material fact or that misleads the public.
has no power to compel anyone to stop doing what it has found to be unfair. If
the Committee acts on a complaint, it will release its findings to inform the
public. The Committee may choose not to consider a complaint; in that case, a
hearing is not held and the parties to the complaint are notified.
of Principles of the Committee, as stated in its Manual, is available at www.faircampaignpractices.org.
The Westchester County Fair Campaign Practices Committee believes that
candidates should conduct their campaigns in accordance with the following
The candidate will conduct a campaign for public office openly and fairly. The
candidate will discuss the issues and participate in fair debate with respect
to her/his views and qualifications.
The candidate will neither engage in nor be involved with unfair or misleading
attacks upon the character of an opponent, nor will the candidate engage in
invasions of personal privacy unrelated to fitness for office.
The candidate will not participate in or condone an appeal to prejudice.
The candidate will neither use nor be involved with the use of any campaign
material or advertisements that misrepresent or distorts the
The candidate will clearly identify by name the source of all advertisements
and campaign literature published and distributed.
The candidate will not abuse the Westchester County Fair Campaign Practices
Committee process in order to obtain political advantage.
candidate will publicly repudiate materials or actions from any individual or
group that would violate the Statement of Principles. ###
Members: Susan Schwarz, [Chair], Miriam Cohen [Coordinator], Elizabeth Bermel,
Gisele Castro, Daniel S. Franklin, Jr., Victor Goldberg, LaRuth Gray, Susan
Guma, Milton Hoffman, Lee Kinnally, Robert C. Kirkwood, Polly Kuhn, Eileen
Santiago, Evelyn M. Stock, Lorelei A. Vargas