Rockland Independence Party chairwoman indicted

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The chairwoman of the Rockland County Independence Party, Debra Ortutay, was indicted today on a laundry list of charges stemming from the 2010 primary in Rockland County's 94th Assembly race.

In a written statement, Westchester County District Attorney Janet DiFiore said "The allegations contained in the indictment, that the defendant tampered with the most basic aspect of the electoral process, the collection of petition signatures, disenfranchised the voters of Rockland County. And then, by lying about her actions in a court proceeding challenging those signatures, only served to further erode that public trust."

Ortutay is facing several felony charges, including perjury in the first degree. If convicted, she faces up to seven years in state prison for the perjury charge alone.

She was released on her own recognizance today. Her next court appearance is July 19 in Rockland County Court.

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