Former Fair Director Facing Charges


The former director of the New York State Fair is now facing criminal charges.
Peter Cappuccilli has been charged with defrauding the government, grand larceny and official misconduct.
He stepped aside in 2005 after 10 years as the fair director. Four months ago, the state Inspector General’s office accused Cappuccilli of using state funds on weddings for his two daughters and blocking potential money-making events for the fair that conflicted with his family gatherings.
The charges were filed by Attorney General Andrew Cuomo. The governor-elect has recommended that the fair appoint an advisory board and agree to yearly audits of their operations.
Current fair director Daniel O’Hara said in a statement that he has taken steps to clear up questionable operations and will work with Cuomo to implement his recommendations.

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