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Peekskill mayor faces criticism over campaign promotionPosted: Updated:
Peekskill City Council members Vivian McKenzie and Kathleen Talbot claim Mayor Frank Catalina used taxpayer money to promote his political campaign.
They say Catalina used his city email to send a campaign announcement, which is a violation.
Mayor Catalina, who is an attorney, says that his secretary at his law office wrote an email for his campaign. The mayor claims she then emailed his city-paid secretary that works for him as mayor and asked her for a list of contacts. Then the email was sent out by the mayor's office secretary.
"There might have been a miscommunication between them," the mayor told News 12. "My secretary, not being a lawyer and the intricacies of these stupid laws…it's a miscommunication. It's a nonissue."
McKenzie says the mayor was also in violation when he used a city-owned podium for a campaign news conference.
"I used the podium. I don't think it violated any law or [broke] any rule," said Catalina.
McKenzie says it is an issue, and the news conference should not have happened in front of City Hall.
"You may look at it as it is small and not a big issue, but our taxpayers pay taxes and they want their money used in the appropriate way and not for somebody's political campaign," she said.