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Published by Halston Media, 2021-06-02 18:59:22

Mahopac News 06.03.21

VOL. 12 NO. 17 Visit TapIntoMahopac.net for the latest news. THURSDAY, JUNE 3, 2021

Crowley: ‘I have nothing to hide’
Candidate says past crimes stem from being a victim of domestic violence

BY BOB DUMAS (Dutchess County), she was charged with Erin Lee Crowley “Among the many types of abuse I en-
EDITOR second-degree possession of a forged in- dured, my partner threatened to kill my
strument and third-degree possession of a after releasing the Facebook statement, unborn son in utero, with a gun,” Crow-
Documents provided to Mahopac forge instrument. She pled guilty and was Crowley said that if the newspaper was ley wrote. “One mid-winter day, with a
News by o cials from the Carmel Re- sentenced to three-years’ probation. On going to publish the article, then it ought 1-month-old, he let the fuel oil run out in
publican Committee show that Erin Lee Nov. 4, 2016, also in Beacon City Court, to publish details that illustrate the se- our residence and refused to re ll it. I was
Crowley, a Mahopac resident, and a can- she was charged with second degree pos- verity of the abuse she endured. She also freezing and fearful for my newborn and
didate for Town Board in the upcoming session of a forged instrument, but no dis- said that she continues to have an order felt I had nowhere to turn. I had no ac-
GOP primary, had been arrested and pled position was listed. e case was labeled as of protection against her abuser, which is cess to anything; cars, nances, family or
guilty to several criminal charges over the “transferred.” something she must le annually with the friends, and I was desperate to protect my
past decades. court. child. I was afraid to leave, I was scared no
Crowley told Mahopac News that she one would believe me, or that it was all my
In an interview with Mahopac News, believes the documents may have been ob- On her Facebook post, she explained fault. I did get out though, and it was quite
Crowley said that she has never been con- tained illegally by GOP o cials and con- that victims of domestic abuse are also the opposite, I had grown the courage to
victed of or pled guilty to a felony charge, tends that some information in the report “routinely intimidated, separated from leave. On average it usually takes a woman
which could have made it di cult for her was inaccurate. family and friends, communication sev- seven times before they leave their abuser;
to run for public o ce. ered, and access to nances denied. It is all it took me 13.
Crowley said she knew it was possible part of the power and control exerted by
e documents were presented to the that if she ran for o ce, this information the abuser... “Almost 7 years later, I found myself in a
newspaper by Tony Scannapieco, chair of could come to light. While declining to similar situation. I was with a man who ap-
both the county and Carmel Republican discuss the speci cs of individual cases, peared to be broken from a recent divorce.
committees, and the county’s Republican Crowley said the crimes were the result of My abuser blamed me for everything, iso-
election commissioner. her involvement in abusive relationships lated me from my friends and family, and
and domestic violence and that she made even eventually cost me my job. e abuse
Scannapieco said that while it was not bad decisions while under duress. in this particular relationship was often in-
an o cial act of the Republican Party, he timidation, physical, emotional and nan-
and several other GOP leaders hired a “Like so many women in Putnam cial abuse. For a long time, our world was
private investigator for $500 to look into County, I am a victim of domestic violence de ned by my boyfriend’s moods, needs,
Crowley’s criminal past. He said the move and so is my son,” she said. “While I was drug and alcohol abuse. On more than one
was prompted by an “anonymous tip.” being abused, not once but twice—in two occasion, both my child and my life were
di erent relationships—my life was cha- threatened. At one point the abuse was so
e PI’s report included a criminal his- otic and sometimes I was under extreme bad and out of control I had to instruct
tory record search (CHRS) of the New duress, and I made bad choices. It was a my then 8-year-old child to lock himself
York State Uni ed Court System (Divi- dark time for so many reasons, but I got in the bathroom, lay on the oor, and to
sion of Administrative Services), which out and rebuilt my life.”
revealed Crowley was arrested on March SEE CROWLEY PAGE 29
25, 2008, in Orange County and pled On Monday night, Crowley released
guilty to petit larceny and was ned $100. additional information on her candidate
Facebook page. In a follow-up interview
On Aug.24,2016,in Beacon City Court

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