Ex-campaign manager charged with harassment in Duanesburg
DUANESBURG One-time state Senate candidate Monica Arias Miranda says her former campaign manager is facing charges after he sent her racially charged emails and created a fake Facebook page under her name on which he made other derogatory claims about her.
Arias Miranda released a statement Thursday indicating that Brian Young, 32, is set to be arraigned on a second-degree aggravated harassment charge in Duanesburg Town Court later this month. Young, who founded Compound Strategies Group and also served as the campaign manager for former Schenectady mayoral candidate Roger Hull, was cited by state police on Dec. 27.
Arias Miranda said Young used an ethnic slur for Hispanics and made demands that she go back to her “third-world country” in messages that were sent to her through a professional website she operates. She made the complaint to state police after receiving the email in mid-September.
“We all know too well how hate sentiments against immigrants can become violent and have been responsible for people getting hurt and even killed. Name-calling can become something much bigger very quickly,” Arias Miranda said in a statement Thursday. “As someone who is actively involved in helping immigrants, it is important for me to bring to light Mr. Young’s actions.”
Arias Miranda was born in Costa Rica and immigrated to the United States when she was 13. She is the founder of the Hispanic Coalition NY, an organization focused on connecting the Latino community and promoting its achievements.
Young categorically denied the allegations, claiming that he would have never worked for Arias Miranda if he were racist. He believes bad blood between him and Arias Miranda has prompted her to make a false allegation against him.
“I look forward to my day in court to clear my name,” he said. “The derogatory term used in the email and messages is disgusting, and there’s no place for it,” he said.
Young, who once served as field coordinator for the state Assembly Democratic Campaign Committee, was hired by Arias Miranda for a couple of months in 2012. At the time, she was among a pool of candidates vying for the Democratic nomination for what became the 46th Senate District.
Young claims he and Arias Miranda had “differences of opinion” on the campaign trail and eventually parted ways. Since that time, however, he said he’s had several legal run-ins with her.
Most recently, Young said he reported Arias Miranda to the state Department of Labor for allegedly collecting unemployment insurance while she was campaigning. He said he also has a still-unpaid $2,000 judgment against Arias Miranda stemming from his time serving as her campaign manager.
“I’m shocked, insulted and disgusted I’d be accused of this,” he said.
The profanity-laced message posted to MonicaAriasMiranda.com cites a debt and refers to her as a “3rd world non american[sic] piece of garbage.” The message also refers to her recently born child as “a welfare addict.”
Arias Miranda said investigators were able to track down Young by using data captured by her website. She said she felt compelled to speak out about the arrest so that others wouldn’t make the same mistake she did in hiring Young.
“How can I not do or say something?” she asked. “I don’t want anyone — especially a minority — to hire someone like him,” she said.