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Putnam Sheriff’s Race Heats Up

Putnam County Sheriff Don Smith and his challenger Robert Langley.
Putnam County Sheriff Don Smith and his challenger Robert Langley. Photo Credit: Contributed

PUTNAM COUNTY, N.Y. -- Robert Langley, who is challenging incumbent Don Smith for Putnam County Sheriff, wants his opponent removed from office over allegations of perjury.

Langley, a Democrat, claims Smith, a Republican, perjured himself in depositions related to a lawsuit filed by former Putnam District Attorney Adam Levy.

Levy recently settled a lawsuit with Smith after Smith said Levy publicly interfered in his investigation of Levy's personal trainer Alexander Hossu for raping a 13-year-old girl. Hossu was acquitted on the charges.

In letters sent to the FBI, US Attorney's Office the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and Gov. Andrew Cuomo, Smith asked them to charge Levy with illegally housing an undocumented immigrant or to take over his criminal cases.

"The leadership of the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office is broken," Langley said. "Smith has abused the powers of his office. If Smith is willing to lie about a sitting District Attorney, would he be willing to lie about you or me?"

Langley said Smith should resign or be removed from office by Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

"Smith apparently doesn’t even seem to think he’s done anything wrong, Langley said.

Smith fired back, issuing a statement saying Langley is trying to create a controversy where none exists.

"My opponent, without first hand knowledge, can make assumptions, conclusions, and innuendos that are plain and simple just not true and he doesn’t have to make corrections to his statements,” Smith said. “Each and every day I strive to provide the truth and if I later learn new information, I make the correction. My opponent wants to divert attention from the fact that I have provided leadership that has helped keep Putnam, the county with the lowest crime rate in New York State, for the past several years.”

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