Owens’ Financial Disclosure

ALBANY—Here's the financial disclosure form filed by Bill Owens, the Democratic Party's nominee to replace John McHugh in Congress.

The Watertown Daily Times got a hold of it last night, and points out that Owens earned over $751,000 last year–mostly as a partner in his legal practice–and is deeply invested in (and serves on the board of) NBT Bank. Owens' form shows he has a much smaller net worth than Doug Hoffman, who has the nod of the Conservative Party.

Owens attached a four-page list of his legal clients. I gave it a quick glance, and noticed that the form lists Owens as affiliated with Champlain Enterprise Services sometime between 2007 and the present. Republicans have criticized him for that affiliation. The form also shows that Owens conducted legal work for CMA Consulting Services, the firm of Kay Stafford, the widow of Owens' late law partner. The firm now employs former Senate Majority Leader Joe Bruno.

Both Owens and Hoffman requested extensions to file their disclosure forms, and both became public this week. Assemblywoman Dede Scozzafava, the Republican candidate, filed her form over a month ago.