A Nassau County Republican has been charged after allegedly tampering with sample ballots in an effort to benefit state legislator John Ferretti Jr., whose campaign he worked for, during the Republican primaries.
Jonathan Maldonado, 36, of Garden City, pleaded not guilty in First District Court in Hempstead to a misdemeanor charge of official misconduct and two unclassified misdemeanor counts in connection with a primary election, according to a news release from District Attorney Madeline Singas. Unclassified charges are outside the penal law, but still have criminal consequences.
Singas said Maldonado, who earned $46,600 last year as Republican County Clerk Maureen O’Connell’s driver, was the chairman of the board of inspectors at a Seaford polling place when he allegedly placed 511 sample ballots on the sign-in tables, directing voters to cast their ballots for Ferretti, who was O’Connell’s chief deputy. Ferretti also is Nassau Republican Chairman Joseph Mondello’s great-nephew.