Troy man who pleaded guilty in voter fraud scheme won’t take city position
The Troy man who admitted to participating in a voter fraud scheme has withdrawn his name from consideration for a city position.
Jason Schofield, the former Republican elections commissioner, was set to be appointed as assistant to the Troy city clerk.
However, Troy City Council President-elect Sue Steele criticized the potential appointment because Schofield pleaded guilty in January to federal voter fraud charges for using the names and dates of birth of voters to fraudulently apply for absentee ballots in Rensselaer County.
Steele said the council should withdraw the appointment.
Incoming Troy City Council Majority Leader Tom Casey said in a statement on Saturday that Schofield has withdrawn his name from consideration.
Steele said she is grateful that Schofield reached this decision.
“Our Republican colleagues on the council should have never considered his appointment in the first place. Our hope is we can come together in a bipartisan way and select an appropriate candidate for the position,” she said in a statement.