William Scarborough

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William Scarborough
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New York State Assembly District 29
Former member
In office
1995 - May 7, 2015
PartyDemocratic
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
First elected1994
Term limitsN/A
Education
AssociatesQueensborough Community College, 1970
Bachelor'sCity University of New York, 1975
Personal
ReligionProtestant
CandidateVerification
William Scarborough is a former Democratic member of the New York State Assembly, representing District 29 from 1994 to May 7, 2015. He resigned as part of his plea agreement on federal corruption charges.[1]

On October 1, 2014, Scarborough was indicted on 11 federal charges for filing nonexistent travel expenses and 23 state charges for stealing campaign funds for his personal use.[2][3] On May 7, 2015, Scarborough pleaded guilty in state and federal court. In federal court, Scarborough pleaded guilty to felony charges of wire fraud and theft for filing 174 false claims for travel reimbursements.[1] In state court, Scarborough pleaded guilty to taking more than $38,000 in campaign funds for his personal use.[4]

Biography

Scarborough earned his A.A. from Queensborough Community College in 1970 and his B.A. in political science and Psychology from Queens College, City University of New York in 1975. His professional experience includes serving as District Manager of Community Board 12 from 1984 to 1994, serving as Chair of Area Policy Board 12 from 1983 to 1994 and working as an account executive for the New York Telephone Company from 1979 to 1983.[5]

Committee assignments

2015 legislative session

At the beginning of the 2015 legislative session, Scarborough served on the following committees:

New York Committee Assignments, 2015
Banks
Corporations, Authorities and Commissions
Ways and Means

2013-2014

In the 2013-2014 legislative session, Scarborough served on the following committees:

2011-2012

In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Scarborough served on the following committees:

2009-2010

In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Scarborough served on the following committees:

Elections

2014

See also: New York State Assembly elections, 2014

Elections for the office of New York State Assembly took place in 2014. A primary election took place on September 9, 2014. The general election took place on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was July 10, 2014. Incumbent William Scarborough was unopposed in the Democratic primary. Scarborough also ran on the Working Families Party ticket. Scarborough was unchallenged in the general election.[6][7][8]

2012

See also: New York State Assembly elections, 2012

Scarborough ran in the 2012 election for New York State Assembly District 29. He ran unopposed in the Democratic primary on September 13, 2012. He also ran on the Working Families Party ticket. He was unopposed in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012.[9][10][11]

New York State Assembly, District 29, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngWilliam Scarborough Incumbent 100% 36,496
Total Votes 36,496

2010

See also: New York State Assembly elections, 2010

Scarborough ran unopposed in the September 14 Democratic primary. He was also unopposed in the general election on November 2.[12][13] In addition to running on the Democratic ticket, he ran on the Working Families ticket.

New York State Assembly, District 29 2010
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png William Scarborough (D) 20,898

2008

See also: New York State Assembly elections, 2008

On November 4, 2008, Scarborough won re-election to the New York State Assembly, District 29. He ran unopposed.[14][15]

Scarborough raised $64,760 for his campaign.[16]

New York State Assembly, District 29 2008
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png William Scarborough (D) 29,947

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Scarborough is available dating back to 1998. Based on available campaign finance records, Scarborough raised a total of $336,427 during that time period. This information was last updated on May 5, 2015.[17]

William Scarborough's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2014 New York State Assembly, District 29 Won $1,375
2012 New York State Assembly, District 29 Won $34,687
2010 New York State Assembly, District 29 Won $39,335
2008 New York State Assembly, District 29 Won $64,760
2006 New York State Assembly, District 29 Won $53,808
2004 New York State Assembly, District 29 Won $46,872
2002 New York State Assembly, District 29 Won $42,168
2000 New York State Assembly, District 29 Won $36,602
1998 New York State Assembly, District 29 Won $16,820
Grand Total Raised $336,427

2014

Scarborough won re-election to the New York State Assembly in 2014. During that election cycle, Scarborough raised a total of $1,375.
New York State Assembly 2014 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to William Scarborough's campaign in 2014
New York State United Teachers$500
New York State Trial Lawyers Association$250
AFSCME Local 372$250
AFSCME Local 375$200
Medlin, William$100
Total Raised in 2014$1,375
Source: Follow the Money

2012

Scarborough won re-election to the New York State Assembly in 2012. During that election cycle, Scarborough raised a total of $34,687.

2010

In 2010, Scarborough received $39,335 in campaign donations. The top contributors are listed below.[18]

2008

In 2008, a year in which Scarborough was up for re-election, he collected $64,760 in donations.[19]

The major contributors were:

Donor Amount
Joan Flowers ESQ $3,000
AFSCME District Council 37 $2,675
New York City Board of Education Employees Local 372 $2,050
New York State Correctional Officers $1,800

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2013-2014

In 2013, the 200th New York State Legislature, first annual session, was in session from January 9 to December 31. In 2014, the 200th New York State Legislature, second annual session, was in session from January 8 to June 19, 2014.[20]

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2011-2012

In 2011, the 199th New York State Legislature, first annual session, was in session from January 5 to June 20, 2011. In 2012, the 199th New York State Legislature, second annual session, was in session from January 4 to June 22, 2012.

  • Legislators are scored on their voting records concerning library funding.
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  • Legislators are scored on their votes on key small business issues.
  • Legislators are scored on their votes of bills that benefit or harm the environment.
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Endorsements

2012

In 2012, Scarborough’s endorsements included the following:[21]

  • 32BJ/SEIU

Personal

Scarborough and his wife Andrea, have three children.

Controversies

Travel expenses and Campaign funds

On October 1, 2014, Scarborough was charged with 11 federal charges and two felony counts of grand larceny and 21 felony counts of filing a false instrument in state court.[22] In federal court, Scarborough was charged with submitting 174 false travel and lodging vouchers to the state for at least $40,000 from 2009 through 2012.[2] According to the federal indictment, Scarborough claimed expenses for traveling to the capital on days where he was not there or stayed for a shorter period of time then what he claimed.[2] In state court, Scarborough is charged with taking more than $38,000 in campaign funds and depositing it into his personal bank account.[23] He is also charged with filing false disclosure statements with the State Board of Elections in order to hide his theft. According to court documents, Scarborough reimbursed $20,655 to his campaign, but failed to repay the other $18,000.[24]

On April 28, 2015, Scarborough admitted to corruption charges in federal court. As part of a plea agreement, Scarborough agreed to resign from office and plead guilty to filing false claims for travel reimbursements and for taking campaign funds and using them for his personal benefit.[3][25]

On May 7, 2015, Scarborough pleaded guilty in federal court to filing nearly $55,000 in false claims for travel reimbursements.[1] In state court, Scarborough pleaded guilty to taking more than $38,000 in campaign funds for his personal use.[4] He will be sentenced on September 14th.[4]

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References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Reuters, "N.Y. lawmaker pleads guilty to corruption," accessed May 7, 2015
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 NY Times, "Queens Assemblyman Is Charged With Inflating Travel Expenses by $40,000," October 1, 2014
  3. 3.0 3.1 NY Times, "Assemblyman Scarborough to Step Down and Plead Guilty to Corruption Charges," accessed April 30, 2015
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 nydailynews.com, "Ex-Assemblyman Scarborough faces prison after guilty plea for fake travel claims," accessed May 8, 2015
  5. Project Vote Smart, Assembly Member William Scarborough's Biography, accessed July 9, 2013
  6. New York Board of Elections, "Certification for the September 9, 2014, State Primary Election," accessed December 17, 2014
  7. New York Board of Elections, "Primary results for September 9, 2014," accessed October 1, 2014
  8. New York Board of Elections, "NYS Board of Elections Assembly Election Returns November 4, 2014," accessed December 17, 2014
  9. State of New York, State Board of Elections, "Candidate List for the September 13, 2012, State Primary Election," accessed July 31, 2014
  10. State of New York, State Board of Elections, "Official September 13, 2012, Primary Results," accessed July 31, 2014
  11. State of New York, State Board of Elections, "Official Assembly Election Returns Nov. 6, 2012," accessed July 31, 2014
  12. New York Times, "NY state legislative election results," accessed February 11, 2014
  13. New York State Board of Elections, "Official Primary results from September 14, 2010," accessed July 31, 2014
  14. New York State Board of Elections, "Official Primary results from September 9, 2008," accessed July 31, 2014
  15. New York State Board of Elections, "Official Assembly Election Returns November 4, 2008," accessed July 31, 2014
  16. Follow the Money, "Report on 2008 Campaign donations in New York," accessed August 1, 2014
  17. Follow the Money, "Contributions to Scarborough, William," accessed May 5, 2015
  18. Follow the Money, "2010 contributions," accessed December 23, 2013
  19. Follow the Money, "2008 contributions to William Scarborough," accessed August 1, 2014
  20. State Scape, "Session Schedules," accessed July 16, 2014
  21. New York Daily News, "32BJ/SEIU Endorses For State Senate, Assembly," August 1, 2012
  22. New York Daily News, "Queens Assemblyman William Scarborough hit with double shot of corruption indictments," accessed October 1, 2014
  23. Newsday, "Queens assemblyman charged with 23 felonies," October 1, 2014
  24. NY Post, "Assemblyman William Scarborough arrested," October 1, 2014
  25. myfoxny.com, "NY legislator to resign, admit making false expense claims," accessed April 30, 2015
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