Ex-NY Lt. Gov. Hopeful Indicted
Oct. 23, 2002
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NEW YORK (AP) _ Daniel Mahony, former candidate for the Conservative Party nomination for lieutenant governor, was indicted Tuesday on charges of voting illegally.
Mahony, 47, is accused of voting twice in two general elections under different spellings of his name while being listed as living at two different addresses.
Mahony pleaded innocent.
Mahony was gubernatorial candidate Thomas Golisano's running mate for the Conservative nomination, but after questions arose about Mahony's voting, he said he was no longer eligible to run for the office because he had moved to Connecticut.
Golisano lost the Conservative primary to Gov. George Pataki but won the Independence Party nomination.
Pataki spokesman Michael McKeon called the indictment ``yet another embarrassing chapter in Tom Golisano's nasty, ego-driven campaign.''
Golisano campaign manager Charles Halloran replied: ``I think the governor has enough problems of his own when it comes to crimes committed under his watch that he doesn't need to be throwing stones at Dan Mahony.''
Mahony was charged with two counts of illegal voting, a crime punishable by up to four years in prison.
His lawyer, Alan S. Futerfas, said the charges are ``unwarranted.''