The analogy of falling dominoes can aptly describe Rockland County Legislator Frank Sparaco and many of his associates, including former Bronx GOP Chairman Jay Savino, who was hired, then fired as a Clarkstown Tax Cert attorney. Savino was arrested by the F.B.I. in a political corruption sweep for alleged election rigging in New York’s Hudson Valley. Is it possible that Savino is cooperating with the F.B.I. in their continuing investigation?
The question that now remains is who is next to be rolled under the proverbial “bus” if Sparaco decides to share what he knows about the inner workings of the party bosses who taught him how to do the things of which he stands accused?
In the wake of Sparaco’s arraignment on 38 felony counts of voter related fraud and forgeries, the first public statement he made was that this whole fiasco was not his fault. A mysterious group he referred to as “they” were responsible. Sparaco claims complete ignorance as to the charges that threaten him with 7 years in prison. His mother-in-law, Debra Ortutay, served 4 months in jail for strangely similar charges involving forgeries associated with designating petitions.
“Flip Flop Spa-Roc— GOP Legislator Frank Sparaco is working with a strange coalition of people to keep friend Ed Lettre in power.” ~ says Rockland County Times Editor Dylan Skriloff in his article documenting a behind the scenes meeting between party leaders from the Conservative, Independent, Democrat and Republican parties to negotiate for personal jobs in real back room deals, they characterized as “strategy” sessions.
According to an article published by Cliff Weathers, he states that Sparaco is a “serial grandstander“. Adding the observation: “His own mother-in-law, Debra Ortutay (then chair of the Rockland Independence Party), pled guilty of perjury and fraud charges and went to prison for forging signatures on party petitions during the 2010 election. Also that year, The Journal News found that multiple donations to Sparaco’s failed State Assembly campaign came from sources reputed to be within the Colombo crime family.”
According to the allegations, Sparaco rented his basement to his cousins for the purpose of collecting petition signatures which prompted an investigation by the Rockland County Sheriff’s office. In a report by WRCR radio: Sparaco alleged to have rented basement to Cousins . Is this the “they” Sparaco was referring to? Or was he assisted by others?
District Attorney investigators will likely be asking questions like this. Perhaps the investigator already questioned the group of “they“? Perhaps it was “they” that provided the investigators with the information that prompted his arrest. If that is so, then the dominoes are beginning to fall and as one falls so do they all.