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Accusations Fly Between Congressional Candidate and Staffer

Joel Tyner’s campaign treasurer has resigned and has made serious accusations against the 19th district congressional candidate ... Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Dave Lucas reports.

Misha Fredericks says she couldn't continue as Joel Tyner's campaign treasurer, with Tyner's cash-on-hand claim off by thousands of dollars. Sensing trouble and fearing being investigated for embezzlemant, Fredericks filed a letter with the Federal Election Commission Tuesday.

Tyner defended his campaign, explaining his salary as a legislator runs about 15-thousand dollars a year, and he's been operating on a shoestring budget. He believes that if Fredericks had really been a team player, she would have handed her resignation to him before distributing it to the media

Fredericks says she had been planning to resign for some time. Tyner, a Dutchess County legislator, is battling Julian Schreibman in next Tuesday’s Democratic Primary for the right to challenge Republican U.S. Representative Chris Gibson in the newly redrawn 19th congressional district. 

Tyner told the Times Herald Record “It's really sad she (Fredericks) stooped to this level,” he tells WAMC he wouldn't be surprised to learn Fredericks walked off "with a ton of cash" - Tyner vows to press on with his campaign - he branded Fredericks' allegations “a desperate act of political sabotage"  - The Julian Schreibman Campaign declined to comment.

Retiring Congressman Maurice Hinchey has endorsed Julian Schreibman in next week's primary

Dave Lucas is WAMC’s Capital Region Bureau Chief. Born and raised in Albany, he’s been involved in nearly every aspect of local radio since 1981. Before joining WAMC, Dave was a reporter and anchor at WGY in Schenectady. Prior to that he hosted talk shows on WYJB and WROW, including the 1999 series of overnight radio broadcasts tracking the JonBenet Ramsey murder case with a cast of callers and characters from all over the world via the internet. In 2012, Dave received a Communicator Award of Distinction for his WAMC news story "Fail: The NYS Flood Panel," which explores whether the damage from Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee could have been prevented or at least curbed. Dave began his radio career as a “morning personality” at WABY in Albany.