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Nassau Legislature candidate charged for taking opponent's sign from West Hempstead lawn

Ring camera video circulating on social media shows Democratic District 14 candidate Jake Scheiner taking one of his opponent’s signs from a homeowner’s lawn while out campaigning.

Jon Dowding

Nov 1, 2023, 10:05 PM

Updated 174 days ago

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A Nassau County legislator candidate is facing a criminal charge, accused of possessing one of his opponent's stolen campaign signs.
Ring camera video circulating on social media shows someone with Democratic District 14 candidate Jake Scheiner take one of his opponent’s signs from a homeowner’s lawn in West Hempstead while out campaigning on Oct. 22. His campaign tells News 12 one of the campaign volunteers removed the sign.
Scheiner says that the homeowner agreed to let them take the sign and replace it with one of Scheiner's during a conversation he had with them on Oct. 16.
On Tuesday night, Nassau County police charged him with criminal possession of stolen property in the 5th degree.
During a press conference Wednesday, Scheiner called on the homeowner to release the video of the conversation from October 16 where he claims they agreed to let him remove the sign and replace it with one of his.

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"You have an extremely positive conversation with somebody. They tell you, 'Yeah, we'll support you. Yeah, put up a sign,'” said Scheiner. “Then all of a sudden they have this sudden change of heart?"
In a statement to News 12, the Nassau County GOP said, “Only in America could a politician like Jake Scheiner be caught on tape committing a crime yet claim he is a victim.”


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