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A political ad is running in this week's edition that we, as the editorial department of this publication, have trouble with.

It suggests that former Manorhaven Trustee Joe Buffalino was not truthful on his State Election Disclosure form to the Board of Elections, because he did not include the cost of hiring a detective to investigate Nick Capozzi, a fact he disclosed in a Newsday interview.

If this were a story rather than an ad. we as journalists would be compelled to do further investigation. We managed to do a bit of research and learned that the statute clearly states that election law is violated only when the offender knowingly and willfully doesn't disclose this information. To our mind, someone who intentionally hides information from the Board of Elections, wouldn't share it with all of Newday's readers.

Before a journalist could present allegations like this, we would have to ask questions like was it a legitimate campaign expense? Is this type of expense somewhere else on the form? Did Mr. Buffalino consider this a personal matter?

From what we understand, the Board of Elections has not accepted any claim of this nature for investigation from the PICs, nor have any charges been brought by the Board of Elections against Mr. Buffalino.

To the journalistic mind, accusations should be made of stronger stuff.

- JP

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