By Mark Gerlach
NEW WINDSOR – Senator William Larkin has severed ties with his treasurer Carmen Dubaldi.
“In June, we noticed irregularities in our campaign account, including funds leaving the committee for transactions that were never made,” Larkin said in a statement Thursday. “As you would expect, I acted immediately and decisively and took a number of steps to address this issue the moment it was brought to my attention.”
Larkin terminated Dubaldi in writing on June 12, he said in the statement. The “appropriate law enforcement officials and the state Board of Elections” were notified, Larkin said. An accounting firm was also hired to conduct a forensic audit.
“It is sad and reprehensible that some people would attempt to make political gains from the victim of a crime,” Larkin continued. “Their statements do not speak well of them. Out of respect for the job that law enforcement authorities need to do we have been unable to comment until this time. We will not take any action that could impede an ongoing investigation.”
Ulster County District Attorney Holley Carnright’s Office is conducting an investigation focused on Dubaldi, a Republican stalwart. The particulars of the investigations aren’t being released at this time.
The investigation is in the preliminary stage and a timeframe for its completion hasn’t been determined, Carnight confirmed this week. The case was handed to the Ulster County District Attorney’s Office by Orange County Court due to a conflict of interest, Carnright said.
Dubaldi is still employed for Orange County, and works in the county’s risk management department.
Dubaldi stepped down from various posts in recent weeks. Tom Connolly, a state Board of Elections spokesperson, confirmed in July that Dubaldi resigned as treasurer from a number of committees including: County Clerk Annie Rabbitt; chairman of the Orange County Legislature Steve Brescia; and former County Executive Edward Diana.
Commissioner of the Orange County Board of Elections David Green also confirmed that Dubaldi is no longer chair of the New Windsor Republican Committee. He was replaced by Veronica McMillan. Whether Dubaldi voluntarily resigned is unclear.