Wednesday marked a key filing deadline for political campaigns across the state, with each required to unveil how much money they have on hand along with who they’ve raised money from since their last disclosure.
But a filing for Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino, a potential Republican candidate for governor, still wasn’t available Friday morning on the state Board of Elections’ website. And Astorino spokeswoman Jessica Proud said Thursday that Astorino’s political operation did file the disclosure form on time.
So what happened?
John Conklin, a spokesman for the board, said Astorino’s campaign attempted to file electronically ahead of the Wednesday deadline, but the form was incorrectly marked “2013” instead of “2014,” leading to its eventual rejection. Conklin said the board then mailed a letter to Astorino informing him of the error, which he said is standard protocol when such a mistake is made in New York.
In an email Friday, Proud said there “was an issue with the software company that we became aware of last night.” Astorino’s campaign “immediately refiled,” she said.
As of about 12:30 p.m. Friday, the filing still wasn’t available on the Board of Elections site. On Wednesday, Proud said Astorino’s filing will show he has about $1 million on hand after raising $400,000 since early December.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo, meanwhile, has aggressively raised campaign funds since coming into office in 2011, reporting a total of $33.3 million in his coffers this week.