NEW HARTFORD – After learning the art of corruption from Andrew Cuomo and Sheldon Silver, Anthony Brindisi’s FEC report reveals that one of his top donors will be paying a $5 million fine for abusing a disabled veterans program.   

“Throughout his life Anthony Brindisi has surrounded himself with shady characters, which explains why one of his top donors had to pay a $5 million fine for abusing a program aimed at helping disabled veterans,” said Claudia Tenney campaign manager Raychel Renna.  “Unlike Brindisi and his corrupt mentors Andrew Cuomo and Sheldon Silver, Claudia Tenney is the mother of a U.S. Marine who will always put our veterans first.”


On September 15, 2017, Jeremy Thurston donated $5,400 to Anthony Brindisi.(, Accessed 09/26/18)

Top Brindisi donor, Jeremy Thurston had to pay $5 million to settle claim where he abused a disabled veterans program.  “Syracuse construction company Hayner Hoyt Corp. has agreed to pay $5 million, plus interest, to settle government claims that it abused a program designed to provide contracting opportunities to small businesses owned by disabled veterans.  Hayner Hoyt Corporation Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Gary Thurston, his son, Hayner Hoyt President Jeremy Thurston, employees Ralph Bennett and Steve Benedict, and Hayner Hoyt affiliates LeMoyne Interiors and Doyner Inc., engaged in conduct designed to exploit the program, the Department of Justice alleged.” (Syracuse Post-Standard, 03/14/16)