Local felon candidates 2013

Local felon candidates 2013

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Corruption NY

United States

#1 Sep 7, 2013
UTICA —

Drug sales, vehicular manslaughter and stolen property.

At least three area political candidates have felonies on their records. Two have spent time in prison.

But a candidate or politician with a criminal record isn’t anything new.

Voters do take criminal histories into account, but they also consider the office, what the offense was and how the candidate has performed since then, said Philip Klinkner, government professor at Hamilton College

“It’s up to the voters to decide,” he said.“What really kills you is not being open and forthcoming about it. You definitely want to put it out there in the open, no matter how painful it might be.”

The three candidates are:

* Frank Meola, 49, a Democratic Utica councilman at large, received five years’ probation in 2000 for fourth-degree conspiracy, a felony. The case involved a Utica-based shoplifting ring that authorities said fenced more than $35 million of retail goods from stores in an 11-county area. He was elected to an at-large seat twice and is running for his fourth and final term. He faces seven opponents for three seats.

* Doug Joslin, 56, the Democratic candidate for the Utica council’s Sixth Ward, was convicted of second-degree vehicular manslaughter in 1985. Joslin fell asleep at the wheel on the Thruway and got into a fatal accident. He served fewer than three years in state prison. This is his first time running for elected office.

* John K. Ciccotti, 52, a former Rome councilman, was convicted in January 2003 of selling cocaine. He served 13 months in federal prison before being released in February 2004, and spent an additional three months in federal prison for failing to report for drug testing. He’s running for his former seat in the First Ward. He has served as a Democrat and a Republican.

All three candidates spoke openly about their histories.

The voters have spoken multiple times on his past, Meola said.

“I’m hopeful the community voters continue to support me in the November election.”

For Joslin, the political newcomer, this is the first time voters will hear about his past. He said he decided to run because he wanted to improve his community and understood his past might sway some people’s opinions.

“It’s obviously an issue,” said Joslin, who is running against Councilwoman Samantha Colosimo-Testa, R-6.“I decided to run because I’d like to work in community service and serve the Utica community.”

In Ciccotti’s case, getting back into the political arena wasn’t an easy decision. He knew that his criminal record would surface once he decided to run in the Republican primary against the party’s endorsed candidate, Lori Trifeletti.

“I didn’t want to do it,” he said.“I just felt in my heart that something needed to be done.”

Ciccotti said he’s not worried about a recent charge of violating a court order not to telephone his ex-girlfriend because he expects it to be dismissed in court.

“For them naysayers, nobody has white horses no more,” he said.“Nobody has that.”

Ciccotti is running on the Independence line as well, so if he loses the primary he’ll still be on the ballot in November. Democrat Brett Johnson also is running for the position in November.

John Ringlehan of Roosevelt Avenue in Rome said Ciccotti was a no-nonsense councilor who worked for his residents. As a voter, he said that’s what matters to him — not Ciccotti’s criminal record.

“We’ve all done things that we wouldn’t want to have put in the paper,” he said.“I don’t judge on that.”
Albany Bound

Gouverneur, NY

#2 Sep 7, 2013
Corruption NY wrote:
UTICA —
Drug sales, vehicular manslaughter and stolen property.
At least three area political candidates have felonies on their records. Two have spent time in prison.
But a candidate or politician with a criminal record isn’t anything new.
Voters do take criminal histories into account, but they also consider the office, what the offense was and how the candidate has performed since then, said Philip Klinkner, government professor at Hamilton College
“It’s up to the voters to decide,” he said.“What really kills you is not being open and forthcoming about it. You definitely want to put it out there in the open, no matter how painful it might be.”
The three candidates are:
* Frank Meola, 49, a Democratic Utica councilman at large, received five years’ probation in 2000 for fourth-degree conspiracy, a felony. The case involved a Utica-based shoplifting ring that authorities said fenced more than $35 million of retail goods from stores in an 11-county area. He was elected to an at-large seat twice and is running for his fourth and final term. He faces seven opponents for three seats.
* Doug Joslin, 56, the Democratic candidate for the Utica council’s Sixth Ward, was convicted of second-degree vehicular manslaughter in 1985. Joslin fell asleep at the wheel on the Thruway and got into a fatal accident. He served fewer than three years in state prison. This is his first time running for elected office.
* John K. Ciccotti, 52, a former Rome councilman, was convicted in January 2003 of selling cocaine. He served 13 months in federal prison before being released in February 2004, and spent an additional three months in federal prison for failing to report for drug testing. He’s running for his former seat in the First Ward. He has served as a Democrat and a Republican.
All three candidates spoke openly about their histories.
The voters have spoken multiple times on his past, Meola said.
“I’m hopeful the community voters continue to support me in the November election.”
For Joslin, the political newcomer, this is the first time voters will hear about his past. He said he decided to run because he wanted to improve his community and understood his past might sway some people’s opinions.
“It’s obviously an issue,” said Joslin, who is running against Councilwoman Samantha Colosimo-Testa, R-6.“I decided to run because I’d like to work in community service and serve the Utica community.”
In Ciccotti’s case, getting back into the political arena wasn’t an easy decision. He knew that his criminal record would surface once he decided to run in the Republican primary against the party’s endorsed candidate, Lori Trifeletti.
“I didn’t want to do it,” he said.“I just felt in my heart that something needed to be done.”
Ciccotti said he’s not worried about a recent charge of violating a court order not to telephone his ex-girlfriend because he expects it to be dismissed in court.
“For them naysayers, nobody has white horses no more,” he said.“Nobody has that.”
Ciccotti is running on the Independence line as well, so if he loses the primary he’ll still be on the ballot in November. Democrat Brett Johnson also is running for the position in November.
John Ringlehan of Roosevelt Avenue in Rome said Ciccotti was a no-nonsense councilor who worked for his residents. As a voter, he said that’s what matters to him — not Ciccotti’s criminal record.
“We’ve all done things that we wouldn’t want to have put in the paper,” he said.“I don’t judge on that.”
Sounds like they are qualified for the State Legislature.

“Hello”

Level 7

Since: Jan 13

New York, NY

#3 Sep 7, 2013
Amazing that you can run for something while being a felon, but can't vote for the felon if you're one.
Update

Carthage, NY

#5 Sep 9, 2013
Itty Bitty wrote:
Run OJ Run
* Doug Joslin, 56, the Democratic candidate for the Utica council’s Sixth Ward, was convicted of second-degree vehicular manslaughter in 1985. Joslin was intoxicated and fell asleep at the wheel on the Thruway and got into a fatal accident. He served fewer than three years in state prison. This is his first time running for elected office.

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disgusting

New York, NY

#6 Sep 9, 2013
Everybody wonders why politicians are crooked, people vote for them !!
2013 Felon

New Hartford, NY

#7 Sep 9, 2013
Scott Zimmer & Joe Moore
doogie howser

Frankfort, NY

#8 Sep 10, 2013
Update wrote:
<quoted text>
* Doug Joslin, 56, the Democratic candidate for the Utica council’s Sixth Ward, was convicted of second-degree vehicular manslaughter in 1985. Joslin was intoxicated and fell asleep at the wheel on the Thruway and got into a fatal accident. He served fewer than three years in state prison. This is his first time running for elected office.
Read more: http://www.uticaod.com/news/x1367238071/Does-...
he's a goddamn drunk. wow. public drunk too.
Pothead

Carthage, NY

#9 Sep 10, 2013
Hey, I only smoked pot & hash. Should I run for office?
Sure

United States

#10 Sep 10, 2013
doogie howser wrote:
<quoted text>
he's a goddamn drunk. wow. public drunk too.
So he'll fit right in. Most of the goofs working for utica or oneida are drunks, poor, stupid or all of the above but are "connected" to the douchebag oneida county democrats. Listen nothing is goig to save Utica you're all going to grow to 60 and die there like most of them do.
Chicken Riggie Face

Albany, NY

#11 Sep 10, 2013
Dumb people in the utica region! Lol
Cretin sux azzzz

Gouverneur, NY

#12 Sep 11, 2013
Chicken Riggie Face wrote:
Dumb people in the utica region! Lol
It's Cretin above. He sux azzzz.
They cant

United States

#13 Sep 11, 2013
Cretin sux azzzz wrote:
<quoted text>
It's Cretin above. Larry Joseph BELOW!!! He sux azzzz.
My name is Larry Joseph. Fat leech liar and loser the perfect lowlife hypocrite example of a good oneida co democrat!!
Cretin sux azzzz

Gouverneur, NY

#14 Sep 11, 2013
They cant wrote:
<quoted text>My name is Larry Joseph. Fat leech liar and loser the perfect lowlife hypocrite example of a good oneida co democrat!!
It's Cretin above. He sux azzzz.
Chicken Riggie Face

Albany, NY

#15 Sep 11, 2013
Felons in office! Yes! Lol
Cretin sux azzzz

Gouverneur, NY

#17 Sep 12, 2013
Chicken Riggie Face wrote:
Felons in office! Yes! Lol
It's Cretin above. He sux azzzz.
Larry Jo seph Handi man

United States

#20 Sep 12, 2013
Cretin sux azzzz wrote:
<quoted text>
It's Cretin above. He sux azzzz.
Larry Joseph mentalcase loser above. He suxazzz.
Cretin sux azzzz

Gouverneur, NY

#21 Sep 12, 2013
Larry Jo seph Handi man wrote:
<quoted text>Larry Joseph mentalcase loser above. He suxazzz.
It's Cretin above. He sux azzzz.
Chicken Riggie Face

Albany, NY

#24 Sep 12, 2013
More felons! Lol
Cretin sux azzzz

Gouverneur, NY

#25 Sep 13, 2013
Chicken Riggie Face wrote:
More felons! Lol
It's Cretin above. He sux azzzz.
Nanotechnology Face

Albany, NY

#26 Sep 13, 2013
I say only let the felons in utica vote. If they're good enough to run for office they're good enough to determine your future! Lol

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