Posted at: 09/11/2012 6:08 PM
By: John McLoughlin
The woman who disclosed the social security numbers of up to 20 employees in DA David Soares' office says she's "sorry" but she denies that Soares' opponent in Thursday’s Primary had anything to do with it.
Theresa Grafflin says it was just an innocent mistake, making public the social security numbers, even though her internet blog is extremely critical of Soares, and even though the information originally was released to an aide for the candidate trying to defeat Soares in Thursday's Democratic Primary.
Theresa Grafflin says it was just an honest mistake when she published on her blog “New York Citizen One”
The social security numbers of David Soares employees who shared in a reported $100,000 in so-far unexplained bonus payments
Grafflin says she got the information about the bonuses from an anonymous tipster
Even though her blog is fiercely critical of Soares, she denies that Lee Kindlon, Soares opponent in the primary, had anything to do with it.
Kindlon likewise denies that although his people did obtain the information last march from County Comptroller Mike Conners who says one of his workers mistakenly released the social security numbers....
Conners says "And of course we feel terrible and we feel terrible for those employees who feel that their identities may have been compromised."
Conners supports Kindlon making things a bit more complicated and both claim the uproar about the social security numbers is just a diversion from the real issue why the DA handed out the bonuses in the first place
Yet another attack on Soares happened Tuesday night by Lee Kindlon, and Kindlon says Soares defaulted on his student loan from Albany Law School back in 2010, several years after Soares became DA, a judgment was entered against him for $2,400. Later on Tuesday, the Soares re-election campaign issued astatement, acknowledging the bad debt, which is now paid off.
Soares’ people believe he was the victim of what they called "bureaucratic red tape," and that he mistakenly thought all his loans had been paid up