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Eric Gioia Hit With $72K Fine For Violating Campaign Finance Laws

Daily News Aug. 1, 2013

Former Sunnyside/Woodside councilman Eric Gioia got slammed last Thursday with a wallet-busting $72,402 fine for violating a slew of campaign finance laws while running for public advocate in 2009.

That includes nearly $30,000 for spending more than the $3.8 million limit for public advocate candidates that year and $13,000 for accepting 47 contributions that exceeded the city’s $4,950 limit for citywide candidates.

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rook

I thought it was telling when I went to a fundraiser of his in a club in Manhattan and not anywhere in the neighborhood.

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d

Pretty sure Eric Gioia wasn’t ‘voted out’ – he was affected by term limits. JVB ran against some other people, ally vying for the open seat.

Wondering why it took 4 years to charge him with this.

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Oldschool Sunnysider

Other than putting up a large, and rather ugly sign on an empty storefront under the 7 train, can anyone tell me what Gioia did? (other than help his cronies and ignore the general population)
I remember going to his office (the REAL one on Q Blvd, not the empty storefront) with an issue. I was promptly handed off to a volunteer who took my info and said “we will get back to you”. A month later, after hearing nothing, I stopped by and asked for an update. Well….the “update” was that the volunteer who I spoke with was “no longer working” there. Soooooo….I was fobbed off to yet another volunteer and yep…same result…after six weeks, nobody knew anything about the issue. Thank The Lord that election time was coming and Eric was voted out and JVB was voted in.

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Mary Caulfield

I agree with U2. Remember our system is based on the presumption of innocence. How could any thinking person come to a conclusion based on one newspaper story?

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Angray

I wouldn’t loop him together with the likes of Weiner and Spitzer…

Really means his campaign team sucks, because I highly doubt Gioia himself is managing the campaign finances.

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Craic Dealer

After the collapse of the dollar in the next two years and the resulting revolution the new style of government will be self-representation. They’ll be a power vacuum. Who will run the People? Themselves. Inalienable RESPONSIBILITY to your inalienable rights. Good times.

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Thurman

I can’t believe these type of people represent us. He should run for reelection like weiner and spitzer . He would probably poll well

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Sunnyside Native

That’s what he gets for disapointing all the dog owners when he “lost” the funding for the new dog run years ago. Thanks to Jimmy Van Bramer for making that dog run happen!

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