On September 1, 1993, this court issued an Order in the above captioned action denying in part and reserving in part on defendants' omnibus motion. The portion of the motion on which the court reserved decision concerned the application of New York Election Law § 17-158 to count 12 of the indictment. On this issue, the court ordered the parties to provide further briefing addressing the question of whether the designation of an insurance agency as a municipality's "Broker or Record" constitutes an "appointment for any public office" within the meaning of N.Y. Elect. L. § 17-158(3). The government has submitted a timely brief arguing that the designation of an insurance agency as a municipality's Broker of Record constitutes appointment to a "public office" or a "public place" within the meaning of N.Y. Elec. L. § 17-158(3).
The defendants have not submitted briefing on the issue and have indicated to the court that they would not be submitting same.
Upon the arguments presented in the government's brief, the court finds that appointment of an insurance agency to the position of a municipality's Broker of Record could constitute "nomination or appointment for a public office or place" within the meaning of New York Election Law § 17-158(3). That being the situation, the court now denies defendants' motion to Strike P F.5.D of count 12 on the grounds that it fails to allege the necessary elements of New York Election Law § 17-158.
IT IS SO ORDERED.
Dated at Binghamton, New York
September 18, 1993
Thomas J. McAvoy
Chief U.S. District Judge