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DA Candidate Paul Battisti Pays Off Federal Tax Debt

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Preston's lawyer Paul Battisti talks to reporters on Oct. 10 Preston's lawyer Paul Battisti talks to reporters on Oct. 10
BINGHAMTON, N.Y. -

Paul Battisti, candidate for Broome County District Attorney, has paid back the $86,000 he owed the IRS, according to documents filed with the Broome County clerk's office. Battisti told reporters he was going to take a check to the Binghamton IRS by the end of last week. The clerk records are dated February 14th. 

Fox 40 first reported that Battisti owed $86,000 to the federal government on February 8th, having unpaid federal tax liens from the 2014, 2015, and 2016 tax years. The republican candidate declined an interview, but said in a statement he was paying them off via a scheduled payment plan. On February 13th, after a press conference for his campaign, Battisti told reporters off camera that he would be writing a check to the IRS for the full amount owed.

The 39-year-old defense attorney previously took a stand against current DA Steve Cornwell getting elected because he owed $9,000 in back taxes to the federal government. 

Below are the clerk records showing the debt has been paid.