Operative who worked for Orange and Rockland County GOP pols arraigned on grand larceny charges

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GOSHEN – Former Orange County Republican political operative Carmen Dubaldi, Jr. was arraigned on Wednesday and faces three counts of felony grand larceny.

Dubaldi, a former New Windsor Town GOP chairman and former campaign treasurer to four politicians, all of whom represented Orange County and two of whom also represented Rockland County – former Orange County Executive Edward Diana, State Senator William Larkin (parts of Orange and Rockland counties), County Clerk Annie Rabbitt (former Orange/Rockland assemblywoman) and Orange County Legislature Chairman Stephen Brescia, was arraigned in Goshen Village Court.

He was released on his own recognizance and the court waived action to the grand jury. Ulster County District Attorney Holley Carnright is handling the case as Orange County DA David Hoovler recused himself.

Dubaldi is alleged to have skimmed large sums of money from the campaign accounts of the four politicians while he served as their campaign treasurers. Diana said he was “deeply disappointed and disturbed that Mr. Dubaldi betrayed my trust and friendship.”

The former county executive said Dubaldi has made restitution of the funds.

Larkin spokesman Brian Maher said Larkin “cooperated fully from the beginning of the process with law enforcement and appropriate authorities and he looks forward to our criminal justice system providing a swift and deserving punishment.”

Dubaldi is alleged to have skimmed large sums of money from the campaign accounts of the four politicians while he served as their campaign treasurers. The charges allege that Dubaldi embezzled campaign funds of over $120,000 in total.

He surrendered to State Police in Monroe for processing and was arraigned. In addition to consulting work, Dubaldi was employed by Orange County Government working in risk management.

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