HAWTHORNE, N.Y. -- A Hawthorne resident is threatening to sue Westchester County District Attorney Janet DiFiore, according to a report from The Examiner.
Frank Morganthaler recently announced that he would "seek damages for pain and suffering brought to him and his family" for his involvement after authorities claimed he "had his petition carried with forged names by the challenger in the Mount Pleasant supervisor's race," according to the report.
Morganthaler reportedly said that "an Oct. 23 press release from the district attorney’s office erroneously stated that supervisor candidate Anthony D’Aria of Valhalla had carried a petition for Morganthaler in his quest to become a write-in candidate in the Republican district leader race in the 28th district," according to the Examiner report.
D’Aria was reportedly arrested and charged with second-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument last Wednesday in connection with the petition, according to the report.
"The district attorney issued a release stating that the document had five forged names of priests who had lived at the Legionaries of Christ property in Thornwood," according to the report.
“The important point is, for them to put that in there without even contacting me, the D.A.’s office never contacted me, never once reached out to me if this was fact,” said Morganthaler in the report. Morganthaler is serving as the campaign manager for Mount Pleasant Town Board candidate John Casario, according to the report.
“It would appear that the D.A. just indiscriminately chose to include my name in this matter without any basis in facts. I believe the D.A. had an ulterior motive. She wanted to smear my name," he said in the report.
“Mr. Morganthaler wasn’t named in the criminal complaint so his claims are baseless,” said Lucien Chalfen, a spokesman for DiFiore, according to the report.