New Windsor Councilwoman Files Defamation LawsuitSep 11th, 2013 | By Jay Long | Category: Featured Articles, Lead Article
Bonnie Brennan, a Town of New Windsor Councilwoman, has filed a defamation lawsuit against members of the New Windsor Republican Party.
The lawsuit, filed in Orange County State Surpreme Court, claims that campaign ads and mailings, made by her then opponent Jack D’Angelo, were defamatory and libelous, and wrongfully portrayed her as having a criminal record.
The mailings were sent out last year during Brennan’s run for Town Councilwoman, an election she ultimately won, becoming the first Democrat elected to the Town Board in more than two decades.
The suit names Jack D’Angelo, New Windsor Republican Chairman Carmen Dubaldi, Orange County Sheriff Carl DuBois and the New Windsor Republican Committee itself.
Brennan is seeking $250,000 in compensatory damages from DuBois, $750,000 each in compensatory damages from Dubaldi, D’Angelo and the Republican committee itself, as well as unspecified punitive damages and attorney’s fees.
The suit is based on Brennan’s claims that a photo obtained from the Orange County Sheriff’s Office by D’Angelo, with the assiatnce of Dubaldi, was used in a series of ads falsely accusing her of having a criminal record and asking voters whether they wished to elect a candidate who stood on the wrong side of the law.
D’Angelo has maintained all along, he had no prior knowledge of the ads.