Much has been made in recent weeks by both political parties of questionable campaign policies (see “Color Me RED or Color Me BLUE?” and “The Croton GOP’s Thin Line Between Cash and Favor”). However, today I personally witnessed activities being conducted either by or on behalf of the Steinberg and Gonzalez campaigns which unquestionable violate federal law and United States Postal Laws and Regulations. Specifically, two young men in a silver SUV were depositing Steinberg/Gonzalez campaign materials in and on mailboxes throughout the village.
18 U.S.C. 1725 prohibits the deposit of unstamped “mailable matter” in a letterbox approved by the United States Postal Service, and violations are subject to a fine. United States Postal Service Regulations (DO41.1.3) go further to provide no part of a mail receptacle may be used to deliver any matter not bearing postage, including items or matter placed upon, supported by, attached to, hung from, or inserted into a mail receptacle. Any mailable matter not bearing postage and found as described above is subject to the same postage as would be paid if it were carried by mail.
Personally, I believe that our local trustees should be role models in our community and they should certainly adhere to the law. In particular I am surprised that Mr. Steinberg, as an attorney, would permit this illegal activity to take place. I call on the Steinberg and Gonzalez campaign to immediately repudiate these activities and subject their campaign to the financial penalties imposed by the United States Postal Service. Meanwhile, as voters, I think we should ask ourselves whether individuals who either directly or through surrogates break the law should be elected to lead our village.
— David Becker