To The Editor of Rockland Voice:
Question – Is Frank Sparaco attempting to take over The Clarkstown Republican Party?
Rumor – Frank Sparaco and fellow co-conspirators are trying to replace all of the Clarkstown Republican Committee Members so that they can continue to control patronage jobs and pull the strings of elected puppet politicians.
Fact – Frank Sparaco and his rogue group have filed petitions for candidates for the position of committee person for basically every election district in Clarkstown to replace just about everyone currently holding that position. If successful he will be able to control the actions of the Republican Party. This is ‘Politics’ – Mr Sparaco has every right to do this.
Question – Has Frank Sparaco committed a crime by using Independence Party funds to pay for people to obtain signatures on Petitions in his attempt to control the Republican Party?
Rumor – Mr. Sparaco paid for the individuals who collected a great number of the petitions out of Independence Party Funds. If this is true, on the face of it that is probably illegal. Whereas there appear to be court rulings supporting the right/legality of Parties to spend money to support THEIR candidates in Primary Races for OTHER Parties as Mr Sparaco is stating, I do not see how the Independence Party can claim that anyone running for the position of committee person inside the Republican Party can be considered the Independence Party’s ‘candidate’. Since Mr Sparaco is reportedly a Republican, he is not responsible for the actions of the Independence Party and unless someone has pulled what is known locally as a ‘SPARACO’, i.e. taped conversations without the participants knowledge, there is no way to prove that he actually controls the Independence Party through a puppet.
Fact– John Perrotta III is the head of the Independence Party, he is the one responsible for the actions of the Independence Party. If a crime was committed he is the most likely person to be charged.
Question – Did John Perrotta III pay people to carry petitions for Frank Sparoco’s chosen candidates for the Republican Committee Positions?
Rumor – Bloggers have claimed that sources high in the Republican Party state that Michael Kuropatski, Keith Kuropatski, Ruth Kuropatski and Ernest Kebrech were paid in excess of $7,000 to obtain petitions for Mr Sparaco’s chosen replacements for the Republican Committeeperson positions and thus a crime was committed.
Fact – A review of the Independence Parties July Financial Report shows that the named individuals have indeed been paid $7,345 through the last reporting date of the report. In fact they may have been paid more but we will have to wait for the January 2015 report to find out how much more. No one has said a crime was committed. In the articles I have read people have presented facts about who has been paid what and theories why they were paid and stated that the information had been forwarded to the Rockland County DA and the US Attorney. The law is very complex and what a layman thinks is obvious criminal behavior might not be viewed the same way by prosecutors. Perhaps these people performed work for Mr. Perrotta and the Independence Party and it is just sheer coincidence that it happened that it overlapped with the same time period they collected signatures under Mr. Sparaco’s guidance?
Conclusions – What all these questions mean, however, is that all Clarkstown Republicans need to come out and vote in THEIR Primary Election for the committee people THEY want to represent them on Tuesday September 9th.
They can vote for a slate of candidates who will support Ed Day, Chris Carey, George Hoehmann and others who are bringing honor, optimism and hope for reform and good governance.
Alternatively, they can vote for Frank Sparaco and his rogue group with their promise to maintain the mess we have in Clarkstown of back-room deals, patronage jobs and puppet candidates controlling our political future.
I will be voting for honor, optimism, hope and reform on September 9th. I invite you, fellow Republicans, to join me!
Jim Flynn, Nanuet, New York