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Lawsuit accuses state AG’s office of withholding information about Cayuga DA’s office, Auburn PD arrest of Nick’s Ride 4 Friends investigation

A new allegation alleges that the New York State Attorney General’s Office is illegally withholding records connected to a complaint about the Cayuga County District Attorney’s conduct.

It has to do with an arrest that occurred in 2020 by Auburn Police.

The Auburn Citizen reports that the lawsuit was filed by Lt. Fred Cornelius, of the Cayuga County Sheriff’s Office. The lawsuit pertains to District Attorney Jon Budelmann’s involvement after the arrest of Joel Campagnola.

He founded Nick’s Ride 4 Friends, which provides support for people struggling with substance use disorders.

Campagnola has been arrested on multiple occasions, after domestic-related incidents. Nick’s Ride 4 Friends has been a partner organization to the Auburn Police Department in certain local efforts.

Budelmann disputed the claims, asserting that it’s ‘dirty politics’ amid his campaign for Cayuga County Surrogate Court Judge. He’s running against Auburn Attorney Ben Susman.

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