As per the Buffalo News Kathy Hochul this year accepted $5000 from Lawyer Dennis C. Gaughan on the same day that her husband’s office petitioned to delay sentencing related to the guilty plea of Anthony Lamarand’s felony federal charge of conspiring to distribute cocaine, a case represented by Gaughan.
Hochul received a $500 contribution from the same lawyer just one day after the same client accepted a plea bargain offered by her husband’s office reducing the charges from 3 counts to only 1 felony count last year as per The Buffalo News.
The close correlation of contributions over this time period by Gaughan to Hochul as her Husband’s office acted favorably towards Gaughan’s client creates serious questions of ethical conduct by the Hochuls that require review.
Additionally Kathy Hochul has accepted a $5000 contribution this year from William C. Bernhardi, a Buffalo Lawyer who specializes in Social Security disability claims. Hochul’s husband’s office is characterized by Bernhardi as being typically a fierce adversary against these cases when they are presented in Federal court, as per The Buffalo News. Bernhardi would benefit financially from any case that he won.
The appearance of impropriety is clear in the above cases reported by The Buffalo News. Minimally Kathy Hochul should immediately return these cash contributions. Based on the appearance of impropriety an ethics review is warranted.