Assault victim's father accuses David Bartlett of bribery
Natasha Vaughn-Holdridge is reporting for Columbia-Greene Media the father of the man allegedly assaulted at a July 4th annual party at the home of Columbia County Sheriff Deputy Kelly Rosenstrach and her husband Alex Rosenstrach last year, has accused county Sheriff David Bartlett of bribery in connection with the case. Harold Handy III’s father, Harold Handy Sr., on October 24, accused Bartlett of official misconduct and bribery in connection with the alleged assault on his son. Handy made the comments during a rally in Kinderhook in Village Square. Approximately a dozen people participated. “Sheriff David Bartlett did attempt to bribe Harold with $700,000 provided by Alex Rosenstrach,” Handy’s father said. “What I’m saying is, David Bartlett conspired with Alex Rosenstrach.” Four people were indicted in connection with the assault: both Kelly and Alex Rosenstrach, Bryan Haag of Kinderhook and Cory Gaylord of Craryville. The 25-count indictment included multiple felony charges against each defendant. The senior Handy said that approximately four days after the assault, Bartlett contacted Carl Williams, of Wil-Roc Farm in Stuyvesant, Handy’s father-in-law, to arrange a meeting with the younger Handy. “This meeting was in the middle of a cornfield at Carl Williams’s farm in Stuyvesant,” Handy said during the rally. “What transpired in that cornfield is official misconduct, a class A misdemeanor.” Bartlett is currently seeking reelection on November 2. He said that Handy’s father’s accusations of bribery and misconduct in handling the case are lies. “These are lies that they’re making up — I don’t have the slightest clue if Rosenstrach or Handy got together,” Bartlett said. “I don’t talk to Rosenstrach at all. It’s political nonsense. It’s Harold Handy Sr., again, lying and I don’t have the slightest clue if somebody tried to pay somebody off. I don’t have the slightest clue what you’re talking about.” A trial date in the assault case has not been set. Handy was hospitalized at Albany Medical Center the night of the party and took several months to recover from his injuries. Read the full story at HudsonValley360 [dot] com.