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August 03, 2016

Roger Ailes Drops $500,000 Gift for N.Y. State Senior Center

Deposed Fox News CEO Roger Ailes has pulled a $500,000 donation that would have put his name on a new elder-care facility in Putnam County, N.Y., The Journal News reports. The move came a day after the Lower Hudson Valley newspaper published an article detailing its investigation of the $1.5 million county project, which had been in the works for several years and was to have been built by Mr. Ailes’s own nonprofit.

The withdrawal was announced Wednesday morning in The Putnam County News & Recorder, a weekly newspaper published by Mr. Ailes’s wife, Elizabeth, and followed a decision Tuesday by the Putnam County Legislature to table a measure to accept the donation agreement, details of which county officials had previously not made public.

Dozens of local residents testified that they did not want the facility in Philipstown, N.Y., to be named for or overseen by the TV executive, who was ousted from Fox last month after being accused of sexually harassing multiple employees. The Aileses “said they had hoped to help the senior citizens in Philipstown but it is clear for political reasons their funding is not welcome,” the News & Recorder reported.