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Catsimatidis fined for mailer against Ulrich

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Posted: Thursday, April 17, 2014 10:30 am | Updated: 11:00 am, Thu Apr 24, 2014.

Former GOP mayoral candidate John Catsimatidis was fined more than $11,000 by the city’s Campaign Finance Board April 10 for a mailer against Councilman Eric Ulrich (R-Ozone Park) during the latter’s re-election campaign last year.

The CFB fined him $1,473 for not including a “paid for by” notice on a mailer attacking Ulrich during Ulrich’s re-election campaign last year.

But Catsimatidis was also fined an additional $10,000 for subsequently submitting a doctored version of the mailer that did contain such a notice.

Catsimatidis ran for mayor last year as a Republican, winning the support of Queens GOP boss Phil Ragusa, but Ulrich, a foe of Ragusa’s, endorsed the winning GOP nominee, Joe Lhota.

The mailers were sent to voters during Ulrich’s hard-fought campaign against Democrat Lew Simon. Ulrich, the only Republican holding elected office in Queens, ultimately won the race by seven points.

A spokesman for Catsimatidis said the error was the fault of a staffer and that the fine would be paid.

When contacted for comment, Ulrich said, “It speaks for itself.”

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