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Jail for Former Party Chair

Thu, 12/02/2021 - 09:07

Amos Goodman, a former chairman of the East Hampton Town Republican Committee, was sentenced on Nov. 22 to 45 days in jail, stemming from campaign issues in 2018 in which he was accused of forging signatures on nominating petitions.

Court records show that Mr. Goodman was originally charged with 10 counts of criminal possession of a forged instrument in the second degree and 10 counts of offering a false instrument for filing in the first degree, all felonies. By May 4 of this year, when he entered his guilty plea, the felony counts had been reduced to one misdemeanor charge of violating election law and three counts of disorderly conduct, which are violations.

He is serving three consecutive 15-day jail terms, with the possibility of release after 30 days. He will pay a $1,000 fine.

In December 2018, Mr. Goodman, of Springs, was among four East Enders indicted on charges related to election fraud. Suffolk County District Attorney Tim Sini said at the time that the party chairman — who was a notary public as well — had forged at least 43 signatures, including one of a deceased person. The matter came to light after an East Hampton Press investigation into the signatures following Election Day that year.

Mr. Goodman declined to make a statement during his sentencing last week, The Press reported. His attorney, Craig Fleischer, could not be reached for comment.

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