|Statement from Senator Murphy calls Journal News story about his business owing $117,000 in back taxes is 'old news.' Ethics filings issue is 'form over substance.'|
|Text of press release.|
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 3rd, 2016
CONTACT: Matt Slater, 914-582-2361
NO EXCUSES FROM MURPHY CAMP
YORKTOWN, NY - Matthew Slater, chief of staff for Senator Terrence Murphy, issued the following statement expressing regret over today's Journal News article:
"Today's 'story' is old news. Almost a month ago, the Murphy family publicly acknowledged in the Daily Voice that their family restaurant exercised the legal option to pay their overdue taxes late with interest and penalties, a situation the restaurant's business manager, Patrick Murphy, has confirmed multiple times."
"After the Senate's ethics training session for Senators last week, Senator Murphy proactively approached the Legislative Ethics Commission to review his financial disclosure. The issue with Senator Murphy's disclosure report is that of form over substance.
"The property in question was in fact listed, but in the wrong section, which was confirmed to the reporter by the bipartisan Legislative Ethics Commission.
"We apologize for the embarrassing situation and have already amended the report to list it properly. Senator Murphy has submitted amendments that not only correct the mistake, but provide more information than is required, which further prove his commitment to an open and transparent government."