Republican or Democrat makes no difference in Seneca County local politics, it's who is connected to who and how.
Finger Lakes Times on October 29, 2017.
To the Editor:
In his bid for Seneca County District Attorney, Joe Sapio claims he is above politics. However, voters should realize that the man who truly places justice above politics is our current DA, Barry Porsch.
Since his election in 2010, DA Porsch has run an office where assistant DAs are hired and evaluated based on merit and performance not party affiliation. His office has the third highest successful DWI prosecution rate in New York state. He has 41 consecutive wins and no reversals at the Appellate Division level. He worked in a factory for 13 years before entering college and graduating from law school.
Why should we vote for his opponent who never has prosecuted a case? What reason would anyone have to support Sapio for DA?
Before anyone casts a vote for Mr. Sapio as some sort of "anti political establishment” candidate I urge them to remember the adage, “You are judged by the company you keep." The recruiter and major supporter of Mr. Sapio is Angelo Bianchi.
As reported by the FLT on 6/27/2007, while Republican County chairman, Mr. Bianchi pleaded guilty to accepting and cashing checks totaling $5,450 meant for the Nozzolio for Senate campaign and “redistributing the money to various campaigns in his own name, disguising the identity of the original contributors." As part of the plea deal, he was “barred from membership in the Republican Committee and directly or indirectly trying to influence its activities, including decisions about candidates to support.”
More troubling is an FLT article from 9/11/2003 that outlines Bianchi’s operating style as chairman. Former Fayette Supervisor Robert Peterman stated, “The problem is he’s an old-fashioned politician who believes in obligations and he gets you, and you sell your soul to him.” The article further outlines Bianchi’s attempts to pressure the Board of Supervisors to replace members of boards with people supervisors felt were unqualified.
Former BOS Chairman Robert Favreau felt “Bianchi has been a great fund raiser…, but … has become aggressive in what the Board of Supervisors does, the things it votes on, and people who are hired. "I guess you’re talking about a dictatorship ...”
So I again ask, what reason would anyone have to support someone else for DA? Who do we want? A tested, dedicated, non-partisan public servant or a candidate recruited and supported by “an old-fashioned politician who believes in obligations”? Justice does indeed go beyond party lines. Barry Porsch deserves our support.