Contractor Michael Hirsch of New City, a vocal community activist who has been a leader of on-going calls for lower taxes in Clarkstown, was arrested Tuesday in a New York City investigation, according to New York City Police.
Hirsch, 62, said this afternoon he has pleaded not guilty in connection with the charges that were filed against him for his business dealings with the city. Police said Hirsch was arrested 10:45 a..m. Tuesday on charges that include:
- Offering a false instrument for filing
- grand larceny
- petty larceny
- Falisfying business records
New York City Police said the charges stem from a probe of workers' pay. Police said Hirsch is accused of falsifying records submitted to New York City.
Hirsch said he entered a not guilty plea during an arraignment in Manhattan.
"I have not done anything wrong," Hirsch said this afternoon.
Hirsch said he could not discuss details regarding the charges.
The New York City District Attorney's Office confirmed the arrest but said it could not comment on the investigation until after a court hearing expected on Thursday.
Hirsch's contracting business is based in New City but he said he primarily does work in the surrounding area, including Westchester and New York City.
Hirsch has been a vocal advocate for reducing the size of local government and cutting local tax bills. For several years he has regularly attended Clarkstown Town Board meetings, urging Town Board members and town officials to enact efficiencies and pass along savings that would help lower taxes.
He is also active in the business community in Rockland County.