Bruce Conner, a close political ally of Mayor Stephanie Miner, has reportedly been charged with misdemeanor second-degree criminal impersonation by the Onondaga District Attorney’s office, for sending a letter to the editorial department of Syracuse.com, which was allegedly signed by five black ministers without their permission.
He’ll be arraigned in city court March 24.
According to the Post Standard, the letter had been published under the headline, “Five Syracuse pastors fault COR’s Inner Harbor project,” Dec. 21, and criticized inner harbor developer COR Development Co. for seeking a tax deal with the county for the project.
Conner, 66, sent the letter from his personal email address, which included the signatures of at least three pastors who said it had been sent without their knowledge, the Post Standard stated.
Onondaga County Executive Joanie Mahoney brought the matter up during a meeting with the newspaper’s editorial board in February.
Conner has reportedly been a supporter of the mayor’s mayoral campaigns, and was also awarded a contract from the city in 2010, to deliver lost luggage from the airport, which still stands.
Critics allege Conner wrote the letter in order to garner support for the mayor, after she filed a lawsuit against COR in December, accusing the company of seeking county tax breaks in order to deny jobs to city residents.
Conner has been charged with an attempt to “impersonate another by communication by internet website or electronic means with intent to obtain a benefit or injure or defraud another,” according to papers filed by Assistant ADA Alison Fineberg.
He has reportedly refused to comment on the allegations.