Dateline: New York, USA
From: The Honor Network
Contributor: Jeffery Zeth
A father’s rights lobbyist claims he’s getting targeted for reprisals as
a result of work he did for the loser of the most recent state senate
I first heard of Greg Fischer during Juan Pagan’s bid for New York State
Assembly. Pagan lost that election, but since then I’ve remained on
Greg’s mailing list for information on fathers’ and families’ rights
activities and, in particular, progress on shared parenting initiatives
in the New York State Assembly and Senate.
Now, however, the news coming from Greg is about himself — and it isn’t
good. During the most recent electoral campaign, Greg met with
candidates to try to convince them to support shared parenting
initiatives being considered by the state legislature at that time.
Among them was Mike Comando, the Democratic candidate in Greg’s own
district in Suffolk County, who came out in favor of the initiatives.
His opponent, incumbent Kenneth Lavalle, was decidedly unsympathetic to
the senate version of the bill. Greg Fischer therefore threw his support
behind Comando and, as a result, he claims, was targeted by teams of
investigators who followed him and set him up.
At issue is a Lavalle campaign sign which Greg says he pulled off the
public right of way, with a plan to take it to the elections code
enforcement bureau. “This was right directly off the road within a foot
of the white line,” Greg says, adding that Lavalle had no permit to post
signs in that area, which requires a permit and a bond that Lavalle’s
campaign didn’t have. But an SUV followed him, he says, prompting Greg
to call 911. Police responded, stopped him, and confiscated the sign
that he’d removed. The day after the election, he was charged with petty
Pulling up an opponent’s signs, legally or illegally, is a dubious
campaign strategy. But Greg still claims unfair treatment. “People from
the Board of Elections were ripping up everyone’s signs viciously” when
they were found to be violating campaign codes. He thinks he’s being
In a court date on November 22, Greg indicated he wanted to go to trial,
even though he thinks the case could have been dismissed on a motion.
“Once they open the door, you have an opportunity to probe the hell out
of people.” His next court appearance is scheduled for December 20.
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