A central New York City mailman who admitted to hiding 354 political ads ahead of the November election was sentenced Monday to six months probation and 50 hours of community service, federal prosecutors said.
Priscilla Czyz, 37, of Cato, had previously pleaded guilty to not delivering mail and said she hid the ads because she was overwhelmed by the pandemic and her work, her lawyers said.
The advertisements, which a fellow postman saw at Czyz, were finally delivered before the elections.
“The mail was intended for Republican and Democratic candidates and there was no political motive not to deliver these particular articles,” wrote US Deputy Public Defender Randi Bianco.
Czyz, a postman for seven years, covered two routes that last 10 hours and 45 minutes, Bianco wrote before Czyz was sentenced. She did not complete these routes and instead brought the remaining political ads with her.
This error in judgment came as the pandemic had taken its toll on its routine. Czyz also worked part time as a Speedway cashier. The pandemic has forced her two homeschooled children, aged 12 and 13, to stay at home. She also had two stepchildren at home on the weekends, her lawyer said.
“To put it simply, she was overwhelmed trying to manage everything on her plate,” Bianco wrote.
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