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Paterson’s ex-council candidate Younes files campaign reports after being cited by state

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Former city council candidate Haytham Younes, who was cited by the state for failing to file campaign finance reports, has filed reports showing he spent roughly $4,000 on his 2014 campaign for an at-large council seat.

Younes paid $502 to settle with the New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission (ELEC), he said.

“They said it’s completely settled and that’s it,” he said this week.

The commission’s board has to ratify the settlement, but lacks the needed members to do so, according state records.

Younes was charged with failing to file three of the required campaign finance reports in March of this year. He corrected the violation by filing a sworn statement, according to the state.

Younes finished last place in a field with eight candidates who vied for three at-large council seats. He was not the only delinquent candidate in that race.

Maritza Davila and Alex Mendez, both of whom won seats in that election, did not file their campaign reports in a timely manner. The state requires a candidate to file two pre-election and a 20-day post-election report.

Mendez and Davila were so delinquent that the state did not receive their 20-day post-election until more than a year after the election. Davila’s report was received on May 20th, 2015 while Mendez’s was received on June 1st, 2015.

The at-large election was on May 13th, 2014.

Email: jay@patersontimes.com

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