Rockland County District Attorney, Thomas E. Walsh II, confirmed today the indictment and arrest of William Serratore, 59, and his son Carmelo Serratore, 24, both residents of Mount Kisco. The charges stem from an investigation into allegations of forged primary election petitions in Westchester County’s Mount Kisco area.
William Serratore, currently holding the position of Mount Kisco Democratic Committee Chair, is alleged to have forged and attested to fraudulent signatures on three separate petitions supporting Tom Luzio’s Mayoral campaign. These petitions were later submitted to the Westchester County Board of Elections between March 6 and April 7, 2023.
Likewise, on April 2, 2023, Carmelo Serratore is accused of forging and verifying fraudulent signatures on a petition for the Mount Kisco Mayor, which was then filed with the same Board of Elections.
The elder Serratore faces fifteen felony charges, encompassing Forgery in the Second Degree, Criminal Possession of a Forged Instrument in the Second Degree, and Offering a False Instrument for Filing in the First Degree.
His son, Carmelo, has been slapped with four felony counts, which include Forgery in the Second Degree and Criminal Possession of a Forged Instrument in the Second Degree.
The father-son duo appeared before Judge Robert A. Neary on September 13, 2023. The Rockland County District Attorney’s office, assuming a Special Prosecutorial role, spearheaded the inquiry. The case has been assigned to Senior Assistant District Attorney Rebecca McGee.
It is crucial to underline that all criminal accusations are solely that: accusations. All defendants retain the right to be presumed innocent until potentially found guilty in a court of law.