Former Paterson council candidate allegedly violated state election laws | Paterson Times

Former Paterson council candidate allegedly violated state election laws


Former at-large city council candidate Haytham Younes has been accused of breaking New Jersey election laws in a complaint filed by the New Jersey New Jersey Election Enforcement Commission (ELEC).

Younes failed to file three reports – 29-day prelection, 11-day preelection, and the 20-day postelection reports — for the 2014 municipal election, according to the complaint.

Younes “has not filed a certified Report of Contributions and Expenditures (Form R-1) as a 29-day preelection report,” reads the complaint, “or a Candidate – Sworn Statement (Form A-1) or a Joint Candidates Committee – Sworn Statement (Form A-2) for the election.”

Younes is being offered an opportunity to respond to the allegations, according to the complaint dated March 30th, 2016.

When he was asked by a reporter in 2014 why he did not file campaign finance reports, Younes at the time answered he spent less than $4,500. He did not file the Form A-1, which is used by candidates who intend to spend under $4,500.

Younes could not be reached for comments Wednesday afternoon.

Younes could face $7,600 in penalty for each transaction that went unreported, according to the complaint.

Younes ran an abortive campaign for an at-large council seat in 2014. He was one of eight candidates who ran in 2014 for three available at-large council seats.

Younes finished last place with 1,292 votes.

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