Democratic Assembly Candidate Christine Pellegrino Calls for Investigation into Allegation of Criminality by Tom Gargiulo Involving the Babylon Tax Receiver’s Office
Pellegrino Renews Call for Garguilo to Disavow Disgraced Conservative Party Leader Ed Walsh who Stole Hundreds of Thousands from Suffolk Taxpayers According to Federal Authorities
West Islip, NY – Christine Pellegrino, Democratic candidate for New York State Assembly, today called on Conservative-Republican candidate Tom Gargiulo to come clean about allegations made by the elected Babylon Receiver of Taxes, Corinne DiSomma of possible criminal conduct. Without a clear and plausible explanation for his conduct, Pellegrino will call for an independent investigation of the matter by the office of NYS Attorney General Eric Schneiderman.
“I am calling on Tom Garguilo to come clean with the public about conduct earlier this year that the Babylon Receiver of Taxes called potentially criminal,” said Pellegrino. “These allegations that were reported are extremely serious and are just the latest example of why Long Island families are demanding to clean up Albany and pass ethics reform.”
This pronouncement comes on the heels of a Newsday story outlining these issues (pdf) and with just over two weeks before the special election in the 9th State Assembly District. The story alleges that Gargiulo, who is a part-time employee in the Town of Babylon and Conservative Party member, brazenly walked into the Receiver of Taxes’ office earlier this year before running for Assembly, and declared himself to be the new Receiver. However, the Receiver of Taxes, which is an elected position, dismissed his declaration outright and alleged possible “criminality” according to emails obtained by the newspaper.
Pellegrino, who is running as the Democratic nominee in the May 23rd special election that was called by Governor Cuomo, is running on a platform to clean up corruption in Albany that has been tainted by scandals here on Long Island. This includes the recent conviction of Suffolk County Conservative Party boss Edward Walsh’s theft of $444,000 of taxpayer money as well as the indictment of former Oyster Bay Town Supervisor John Venditto.
Pellegrino renewed her call for Garguilo to distance himself from Walsh. “Garguilo continues to refuse to disavow his long time supporter, convicted felon Ed Walsh, who stole hundreds of thousands from local taxpayers,” continued Pellegrino.