WHITE PLAINS, NY – The controversy over George Santos inspires many jokes on late night talk shows.
It is alsoin Westchester County to hold candidates to a truthful standard.
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“For those of us who take the business of government seriously, it’s pretty awful,” said Catherine Borgia, chairman of the Westchester County board of directors. “People have a right to know who they are voting for.”
The Westchester County Board of Legislators will soon consider a law requiring candidates for county and county executives to submit a resume detailing their education, employment history, and military service, then sign a document certifying veracity.
“And then you declare these things to be true and swear under penalty of filing a false public record,” said Westchester County Executive George Latimer.
Latimer says the goal is to create a basis of truth about the experience of district office candidates, while acknowledging that it wouldn’t have caught all of Santos’ falsehoods.
“He confirmed his ethnicity. We wouldn’t expect anyone to say what their ethnicity is, or their religion, whether or not their mother died on 9/11, whether or not they were on a volleyball team. That wouldn’t come normally on a standard resume. But where there’s a lot of smoke, of course there’s fire,” Latimer said.
“It’s meant to raise the standard for people who tell the truth about their experiences,” Borgia said.
While legislation is being developed, the county is exploring whether the resume filing requirement could be applied to other offices, including the county clerk and district attorney.
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