After Multiple Arrests, New York Democrat Finally Drops Congressional Bid

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After Multiple Arrests, New York Democrat Finally Drops Congressional Bid

In New York’s 19th Con­gres­sional Dis­trict (which I used to be a part of before a recent redraw­ing put me into the 18th instead), Steven Brisee was run­ning among sev­eral other Democ­rats hop­ing to oust Repub­li­can Con­gress­man John Faso from his seat. But Steven Brisee can’t seem to stop him­self from get­ting arrested!

Steven Brisee was most recently arrested for Grand Lar­ceny, a felony, after he was caught try­ing to steal $1500 worth of mer­chan­dise, some 50 items of cloth­ing and house­wares, from a Kohl’s depart­ment store in New­burgh, NY. Brisee has decided to drop out of the race after this arrest, but he blames autism and his lack of peo­ple skills for fundrais­ing as the rea­son, not his crim­i­nal his­tory. Although he did admit to a local paper that he had been arrested for shoplift­ing in the past, he claims his lat­est arrest was for crim­i­nal tres­pass dur­ing a pipeline protest. Via Times Her­ald Union:

New­burgh Town Police said on Wednes­day that Brisee is fac­ing a felony grand lar­ceny charge for allegedly try­ing to steal about $1,500 worth of mer­chan­dise from a Kohl’s in Orange County.

New­burgh Police Lt. James Nenni told the Times Union that Brisee was arrested Sept. 11 on charges accus­ing him of attempt­ing to take about 50 items from the depart­ment store. Nenni said a petit lar­ceny charge was bumped up to a felony because of the value of the goods, which included men’s cloth­ing and other house­hold items.

But in an inter­view Wednes­day evening, the can­di­date dis­puted the charge.

Why would I be try­ing to steal some­thing while run­ning for Con­gress?” Brisee said.

The charges were reported by the Kingston Daily Free­man on Tues­day. Brisee dis­puted the charge in that newspaper’s report as well.

Brisee told the Times Union on Wednes­day evening that while he had been arrested in 2010 for steal­ing from the Kohl’s store — Brisee was home­less at the time — he was arrested for crim­i­nal tres­pass on Sept. 11 for protest­ing con­struc­tion of the Pil­grim Pipeline.

Either they’re look­ing up an old arrest or I don’t know,” he said.

Brisee said his pre­vi­ous grand lar­ceny arrest was dropped to a violation.

What isn’t in dis­pute is that Brisee was sent to the Orange County Jail fol­low­ing the Sept. 11 arrest.

Brisee said he was in cus­tody until his bail was posted Sat­ur­day night by his step father. He ini­tially was sent to Orange County Jail but trans­ferred to Ulster County Jail to be held on a sep­a­rate tres­pass charge stem­ming from an inci­dent in Ulster County.

Brisee said he was stay­ing at a friend’s house, but the friend had not told his father Brisee was given per­mis­sion to stay. Two days before his protest arrest, the father had called the police.

With Brisee in Orange County Jail and police in Ulster County unable to con­tact him, a war­rant was issued for his arrest in that county. He was then trans­ferred to Ulster County Jail on Sept. 15.

Wait, what? Didn’t he say the tres­pass arrest was for a pipeline protest? Now we see a tres­pass arrest for ille­gally occu­py­ing some­body else’s home. But wait, there’s more! Via Daily Free­man News:

Brisee said he and some friends were in New­burgh protest­ing a pipeline, but he could not recall the name of the road he was on or what com­pany was con­struct­ing the pipeline. He said he believes peo­ple wait­ing to work at the con­struc­tion site called police, lead­ing to his arrest.

I was protest­ing a pipeline,” Brisee said.

A clerk at the New­burgh Jus­tice Court con­firmed the felony grand lar­ceny charge against Brisee. The mat­ter is before Judge Jude Mar­tini and Brisee is sched­uled to return to court on Nov. 6.

Brisee is being rep­re­sented by attor­ney Brad White of the Legal Aid Soci­ety of Orange County who could not be reached for comment.

In regards to the crim­i­nal tres­pass charge in Ulster County, Brisee said that mat­ter is in Rochester Town Court and was a mis­un­der­stand­ing. He said he had per­mis­sion to be at a friend’s house, but the friend did not tell their father. The father called police, Brisee said.

Details about that charge were not imme­di­ately avail­able from the court. The crim­i­nal tres­pass mat­ter is sched­uled to return to the court on Oct. 4, accord­ing to a clerk.

Brisee also said a 2015 mis­de­meanor drunken dri­ving charge against him had been reduced to a vio­la­tion dri­ving while abil­ity impaired charge.

So Steven Brisee already had an arrest his­tory, but he thought run­ning for pub­lic office was a good idea to do while he con­tin­ued with his law­break­ing ways, and when it finally catches up to him to the point that he feels com­pelled to drop out of the con­gres­sional race, he blames an autis­tic lack of social skills, not his own crim­i­nal­ity and an inabil­ity to keep his sto­ries straight, as the rea­son why he could not gar­ner voter sup­port and fundraise effec­tively. Crim­i­nal behav­ior, lying, and blame gam­ing — kind of reminds me of another demo­c­rat (who even once held a polit­i­cal office here in New York).

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MJ Steven­son, AKA Zilla, is best known on the web as Zilla at MareZilla​.com. She lives in a wood­land shack near a creek, in one of those rural parts of New York State that nobody knows or cares about, with her fam­ily and a large pack of guardian com­pan­ion ani­mals.

In New York’s 19th Congressional District (which I used to be a part of before a recent redrawing put me into the 18th instead), Steven Brisee was running among several other Democrats hoping to oust Republican Congressman John Faso from his seat. But Steven Brisee can’t seem to stop himself from getting arrested!

Steven Brisee was most recently arrested for Grand Larceny, a felony, after he was caught trying to steal $1500 worth of merchandise, some 50 items of clothing and housewares, from a Kohl’s department store in Newburgh, NY. Brisee has decided to drop out of the race after this arrest, but he blames autism and his lack of people skills for fundraising as the reason, not his criminal history. Although he did admit to a local paper that he had been arrested for shoplifting in the past, he claims his latest arrest was for criminal trespass during a pipeline protest. Via Times Herald Union:

Newburgh Town Police said on Wednesday that Brisee is facing a felony grand larceny charge for allegedly trying to steal about $1,500 worth of merchandise from a Kohl’s in Orange County.

Newburgh Police Lt. James Nenni told the Times Union that Brisee was arrested Sept. 11 on charges accusing him of attempting to take about 50 items from the department store. Nenni said a petit larceny charge was bumped up to a felony because of the value of the goods, which included men’s clothing and other household items.

But in an interview Wednesday evening, the candidate disputed the charge.

“Why would I be trying to steal something while running for Congress?” Brisee said.

The charges were reported by the Kingston Daily Freeman on Tuesday. Brisee disputed the charge in that newspaper’s report as well.

Brisee told the Times Union on Wednesday evening that while he had been arrested in 2010 for stealing from the Kohl’s store — Brisee was homeless at the time — he was arrested for criminal trespass on Sept. 11 for protesting construction of the Pilgrim Pipeline.

“Either they’re looking up an old arrest or I don’t know,” he said.

Brisee said his previous grand larceny arrest was dropped to a violation.

What isn’t in dispute is that Brisee was sent to the Orange County Jail following the Sept. 11 arrest.

Brisee said he was in custody until his bail was posted Saturday night by his step father. He initially was sent to Orange County Jail but transferred to Ulster County Jail to be held on a separate trespass charge stemming from an incident in Ulster County.

Brisee said he was staying at a friend’s house, but the friend had not told his father Brisee was given permission to stay. Two days before his protest arrest, the father had called the police.

With Brisee in Orange County Jail and police in Ulster County unable to contact him, a warrant was issued for his arrest in that county. He was then transferred to Ulster County Jail on Sept. 15.

Wait, what? Didn’t he say the trespass arrest was for a pipeline protest? Now we see a trespass arrest for illegally occupying somebody else’s home. But wait, there’s more! Via Daily Freeman News:

Brisee said he and some friends were in Newburgh protesting a pipeline, but he could not recall the name of the road he was on or what company was constructing the pipeline. He said he believes people waiting to work at the construction site called police, leading to his arrest.

“I was protesting a pipeline,” Brisee said.

A clerk at the Newburgh Justice Court confirmed the felony grand larceny charge against Brisee. The matter is before Judge Jude Martini and Brisee is scheduled to return to court on Nov. 6.

Brisee is being represented by attorney Brad White of the Legal Aid Society of Orange County who could not be reached for comment.

In regards to the criminal trespass charge in Ulster County, Brisee said that matter is in Rochester Town Court and was a misunderstanding. He said he had permission to be at a friend’s house, but the friend did not tell their father. The father called police, Brisee said.

Details about that charge were not immediately available from the court. The criminal trespass matter is scheduled to return to the court on Oct. 4, according to a clerk.

Brisee also said a 2015 misdemeanor drunken driving charge against him had been reduced to a violation driving while ability impaired charge.

So Steven Brisee already had an arrest history, but he thought running for public office was a good idea to do while he continued with his lawbreaking ways, and when it finally catches up to him to the point that he feels compelled to drop out of the congressional race, he blames an autistic lack of social skills, not his own criminality and an inability to keep his stories straight, as the reason why he could not garner voter support and fundraise effectively. Criminal behavior, lying, and blame gaming – kind of reminds me of another democrat (who even once held a political office here in New York).

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MJ Stevenson, AKA Zilla, is best known on the web as Zilla at MareZilla.com. She lives in a woodland shack near a creek, in one of those rural parts of New York State that nobody knows or cares about, with her family and a large pack of guardian companion animals.