Some Onondaga County legislature candidates are accused of violating election financing laws. After both sides trade charges, YNN's Katie Gibas explains what's at stake on election day.
SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- Democrats and Republicans are throwing around allegations of improper campaigning in some Onondaga County legislature races.
"The motive is my job is to protect the Democratic Party and the democratic process. I'm not interested in punishing anybody. I want to know what happened," said Mark English, Onondaga County Democratic Committee Chairman. "I want to know where this money came from, if it was properly donated, properly spent."
Tom Dadey, Chairman of the Republican Party, countered, "This is a PR stunt at the end of the day. Mark English knows that filing a complaint with the Board of Elections is not going to be investigated between now and Tuesday."
Democrats say Republicans exceeded contribution limits, particularly with one television commercial. Although GOP leaders say several Democratic candidates haven't been properly reporting their campaign finance activity.
"A few days before the election, we get hit with this ton of money. No chance to respond to the ads. And I believe they were improperly financed," said English.
Dadey added, "We've been very fortunate with our fundraising over the last few years. It's been a focus of mine as I've been chair of the party. Fundraising is critical because, as folks are taxed with volunteer activities, family and with work, it's important to raise money so you can go out and run the campaigns you need to run."
All 17 legislative seats are up for election. Eight Republicans are running unopposed. That means Democrats will have to win six of the remaining nine races in order to break the Republican supermajority.
"It's very important. That's why we're all here today. And we want to make sure the rules and regulations are abided by, in fairness to the candidates and the voters in the process," said English.
Dadey added, "It's very important that we keep our supermajority because there's a lot of tough issues facing this community as we go down the pike. And it's critical that we have a supermajority on the county leg."
Whether these allegations will affect voter turnout or who is elected will play out on November 5.