Putnam County Republican Chairman Anthony Scannapieco today said he wasn’t aware of state Assemblyman Greg Ball’s phone solicitation that sought to raise money for Ball’s state Senate run. The recording told recipients “the party” would match any donation. Ball has described the call as a means to raise money for the Putnam GOP in an effort to encourage local Republicans to donate to his state Senate campaign.
Scannapieco said he had “no idea” about the call and added Putnam Republicans never promised Ball anything. Ball, R-Patterson, took some flak from state GOP honchos for the call, which told recipients “The party has asked us to raise $30,000 by May 1 and if we do so, they’ll actually match each and every dollar we earn.”
Somers Supervisor Mary Beth Murphy and former Southeast Justice Jim Borkowski, both Republicans, have also announced their intentions to run for the Senate seat, which is being vacated by state Sen. Vincent Leibell.