A check by personnel from the Rockland County Sheriff’s Office of Legislator Frank Sparaco’s residence was made following reports that four adult males, two adult females and three children might be living in his 1,424 sq. ft. single-family home.
Numerous sources within the Republican Party told Rockland Voice that many of the petitions collected for Clarkstown Republican Committee positions handed in by Legislator Sparaco had discrepancies of such a serious nature that they were referred to the Rockland County D.A., the FBI, and the U.S. Attorney of the Southern District of New York for examination. The discrepancies were contained within approximately 140 petitions that were submitted to the Board of Elections by Frank Sparaco, appointing John Miele, Robert Sambevski, Loretta Raimone and himself as a ‘Committee to Fill Vacancies’ in the Republican Party.
Sparaco is embroiled in an aggressive petition drive to take over the Clarkstown Republican Committee with the knowledge of the ‘voice-elected’ current County Chairman, Vincent D. Reda. A vote will take place on Tuesday, September 09, 2014 in which registered Republicans will have to go to the polls and vote for a slate of candidates which supports the leadership of the newly elected Rockland County Executive, Ed Day or a slate which supports the leadership of the newly appointed Clarkstown Highway Department’s Confidential Secretary, Frank Sparaco.
Sparaco’s challenge appears to have used some very questionable tactics with numerous Republican Committeepersons making allegations of fraud, forgery and deception. One of these allegations involves attempts at deceiving the public by fraudulent residency claims of a number of proposed Committee-people and witnesses to petition signatures.
As mentioned in a previous Rockland Voice article, according to land use records Legislator Frank Sapraco resides at 17 Louis Avenue, Valley Cottage, New York 10989 in a zoned single family bi-level home. His Facebook page indicates that he lives there with his wife Kimberly and their three children. However, documents filed by Sparaco with the Board of Elections shows that three grown men some with families, Michael Kuropatski, Keith Kuropatski and Antonio Sparaco, are also registered as residing in the same home with Frank and Kimberly Sparaco.
Other records show that both of the Kuropatskis claim residency in Yonkers at 250 Grandview Blvd where, according to Westchester County election records, they vote. According to information gathered by Republican Committee people working with County Executive Ed Day and Clarkstown Republican Party Chairman, Robert Axelrod, the Rockland County voter registrations of Michael and Keith Kuropatski suspiciously coincide with the dates that these men started to “carry” the petitions that were submitted by Sparaco shortly after he resigned in disgrace from the Republican Party Committee and was subsequently publicly denounced by County Executive Day.
In fact 21% of the committee petitions submitted by Frank Sparaco are witnessed and signed by either Michael or Keith Kuropatski registered at times as residing at 17 Louis Avenue and at others as residing at 250 Grandview Blvd in Yonkers. According to Rockland County Board of Election’s records Michael Kuropatski registered as a Rockland County voter on June 2, 2014 and Keith Kurpopatski on June 30, 2014 both using Legislator Sparaco’s home address as their given residence.
During the month of June Keith Kuropatski, who registered to vote from Sparaco’s home address at the end of June, witnessed petitions that he had collected stating in some of his witness affidavits that his address was Sparaco’s home address (17 Louis Ave) and on others that his address was 250 Grandview Blvd in Yonkers. On one petition one of the brothers claiming residence at Sparaco’s home address, Keith Kuropatski, is listed as a candidate himself for the office of Member of the County Committee of Rockland in Clarkstown District #21 and that petition was witnessed by Highways Superintendent, Wayne Ballard.
On a petition for Clarkstown District # 43 listing Frank Sparaco, Kimberly Sparaco, Michael Kuropatski and David Sherogan, Frank, Kimberly and Michael give as their addresses 17 Louis Avenue, Valley Cottage, NY 10989 – the Sparaco home address. Signing this petition were among others Frank, Kimberly and Antonio Sparaco with Antonio Sparaco also being listed as residing at 17 Louis Avenue.
Thus on the petitions submitted by Legislator Sparaco five adults (Frank Sparaco, Kimberly Sparaco, Antonio Sparaco, Michael Kuropatski, Keith Kuropatski) are recorded as residing in the same single family residence at 17 Louis Avenue, Valley Cottage, NY 10989 with Frank and Kimberly Sparaco’s three children. This address is listed as a single family dwelling of 1,450 sq. ft. in real estate records.
In addition to the above five adults and three children, Rockland Voice reported that a ‘Ruth Kuropatski’ received a check from the Independence Party payable to her at 17 Louis Avenue as did both Keith and Michael Kuropatski. Sources within the Republican Party confirmed that they suspect improper use of campaign funds by the Independence Party has occurred and that these suspicions have already been forwarded to the Rockland County District Attorney and other investigatory authorities.
A review of the expenditure reports and donations for the Independence Party demonstrated that both Michael and Keith Kuropatski, claiming to reside at 17 Louis Avenue, were paid in excess of $3,200 over a three week period for Independence Party petitions according to the Independence Party’s financial filings. In addition, a ‘Ruth Kuropatski’ listed as residing at 17 Louis Avenue Valley Cottage was paid $150 for petitions. Ruth Kuropatski according to Board of Election records is not registered in Rockland County. The Kuropatski family’s total payment for ‘petitions’ according to the Independence Party records was $3,365 paid between June 14th through July 3rd, 2014.
Given the above information that adults and children appear to be packed into a single family residence like the proverbial ‘sardines in a can’, a letter was sent to the Rockland County Board of Elections requesting a residency police check for Legislator Sparaco’s residence in Valley Cottage.
The letter read in part as follows:
In real estate records this property (at 17 Louis Avenue, Valley Cottage) is listed to Frank and Kimberly Sparaco who reside there with their three children. The property is described as 1,428 sq. ft. single family home on a 0.56 acre lot. It has a finished basement of 634 sq. ft.
Recent documents filed with the Board of Elections indicate that three adult males claim residence at this address. They are Keith Kuropatski, Michael Kuropatski, and Antonio Sparaco. Recent financial documents from the Independence Party in Rockland County show a payment made this year to an adult female, Ruth Kuropatski, with the address being given as 17 Louis Avenue.
It thus appears that this address has been used in official documents as being the address of four adult males and two adult females in addition to three children.
The ‘Residency Police Check’ request was stamped as received by the Rockland County Board of Elections at 3:04 p.m. on Thursday, August 14, 2014.
One week later, in response to a Freedom of Information Request, a 26 page report dated August 20, 2014 was obtained the summary sheet of which stated that:
Residency at 17 Louis Avenue was confirmed for Frank and Kimberly Sparaco; conflicting information was obtained with respect to Michael and Keith Kuropatski; Ruth Kuropatski and Antonio Sparaco do not reside at the residence.
With respect to the “conflicting information” about Michael and Keith Kuropatski the report indicates that both are cousins of Frank Sparaco and that license checks were conducted which showed both residing at 250 Grandview Blvd. Yonkers, NY 10710.
On the evening of Thursday, August 14, 2014, two officers went to 17 Louis Avenue and spoke with Kimberly Sparaco. They asked her who lives at the residence and she responded that her husband, her children, and herself live at the house and her husband’s cousins stay for a couple of nights each week. Upon being asked about ‘Ruth’ she stated that she had “no idea who Ruth is”.
‘Voter Check Cards’ provided by the Board of Elections were filled out by the investigating officers in the presence of Ms. Sparaco. On the Voter’s Check Cards for both Michael and Keith Kuropatski in the section stating: As a result of my investigation I believe this registration to be (Here write ‘VALID’ or ‘NOT VALID’) the officers wrote “NOT VALID”.
Thus following the Thursday evening visit it had been established from testimony by Ms. Sparaco that she and her husband, Frank, lived there with their three children. It had also been established from Ms. Sparaco’s testimony and from driver’s license records that two cousins, Michael and Keith Kuropatski, stayed overnight periodically, and that two other individuals were either unknown or did not live or stay there.
Events then took a somewhat bizarre turn. The Sheriff’s office sent a third officer to the Sparaco residence the following morning (Friday, August 15, 2014) at approximately 9:00 a.m. in order to verify the residents who do, in fact, live there. Rockland Voice has been informed that this is routine practice and that several visits are made at different times of the day. The outcome was in essence to reverse the conclusions two other officers had reached the previous evening.
Consider the following: according to the report on Friday 8/15/14 at approximately 0900 hours an officer went to 17 Louis Avenue and, at a time when most other people might have already left for work, the officer found and interviewed Kimberly Sparaco, Frank Sparaco, Keith Kuropatski and Michael Kuropatski.
Information provided by the Kuropatskis to the officer was that they “rent at said address” and a copy of a rent check paid to Kimberly Sparaco in the amount $300 was produced including a “rental agreement” for the use of a room. Interestingly the names of the account owners of the Chase account on which the check was drawn are Nazifah F. Kuropatski and Michael J. Kuropatski with the address shown as 250 Grandview Blvd, Yonkers, NY 10710-2500.
Frank Sparaco, who had not departed the residence to perform his confidential secretarial duties at the Highway Department at the hour that the officer arrived, stated that there was no person named ‘Antoni (sic) Sparaco’ living at the residence and that the ‘Ruth Kuropatski’, who received a check from the Independence Party payable to her at his residence, was a misprint made by his (Frank Sparaco’s) accountant when filing financial documents.
Why Republican Frank Sparaco’s accountant would be filing financial documents for the Independence Party remains to be explained. Presumably investigative authorities will determine who received and cashed the check that was made payable to the person named ‘Ruth Kuropatski’ claiming residence at 17 Louis Avenue.
The report then went on to say that Mr. Sparaco offered the officer a walk through to inspect the property, said walkthrough (sic) was made with no remarkable deviations from typical living arraingments (sic).
The Friday morning report reversed the results of the Thursday evening report by concluding that:
Keith Kuropatski and Michael Kuropatski live at said residence in addition to Frank Sparaco, Kimberly Sparaco, and three children.
Bizarrely, after the officer departed the Sparaco residence, numerous reports came in from observers in the Clarkstown Highway Department that Frank Sparaco and Michael Kuropatski had arrived there shortly after 9:30 a.m. and what was described as a “screaming match” ensued behind closed doors.