NEW ROCHELLE, NY — New Rochelle Councilman Louis Trangucci has failed to file his required final pre-election campaign finance report to the New York State Board of Elections Campaign Finance.
Under New York State Law, the final pre-election campaign finance must be submitted by the candidate no later than 32 days prior to election day. Election Day is November 5th. The 32 Day Pre-General Cut-Off date is September 30th with a Filing Deadline of October 4th.
All other New Rochelle City Council candidates filed their “32 Day” report on time. Trangucci is now a week overdue.
Trangucci filed a timely “32 Day” report in 2007, 2011 and 2015.
Trangucci, the Republican incumbent in District 1, is facing off against the Democrat challenger, Martha Lopez in the general election on November.
Trangucci has been under scrutiny for numerous campaign finance irregularities.
Talk of the Sound reported Monday that Trangucci accepted an illegal campaign contribution from Greg A. Gonzalez, a local real estate developer based in New Rochelle.
Trangucci took $2,500 from Gonzalez on June 20, 2019, according to campaign finance reports filed with New York State. The amount is far in excess of the $1,000 limit for City Council races. Trangucci was ordered to return the money by party officials. Trangucci refunded $1,500 in July but kept $1,000.
Trangucci has since claimed he was not aware of the $1,000 limit.
Further investigation shows no record that Trangucci filed an “Additional Independent Expenditure Reporting 24 Hour Notice” to report the $2,500 contribution.
During “24-Hour Notice Periods”any contribution or loan which exceeds $1,000 must be reported within 24 hours to the New York State Board of Elections Campaign Finance.
The June 2019 24 Hour Notice Period occurred between June 11, 2019 and June 24, 2019.
Trangucci took $2,500 from Gonzalez on June 20, 2019. There are no “24 hours notices” from the Trangucci campaign on file with State BOE.