Oct 14, 2008 — Two news organizations are reporting this morning that former North Country Assemblyman Chris Ortloff has been arrested in Albany and faces a probe by Federal prosecutors. WPTZ Channel 5, a television news station, cited information from Assistant US Attorney Thomas Spina. Spina said that Ortloff was being held in Albany County Jail and will appear in Federal Court today. He wouldn't disclose the charges. According to WPTZ, New York state police searched Ortloff's home in Plattsburgh last night. The Plattsburgh Press-Republican is also reporting this morning that investigators visited a business in Lake Placid and apparently seized a computer. Neither news organization was able to cite a reason for Ortloff's arrest, or for the Federal probe.
Ortloff began his career in the North Country as a broadcaster and master of ceremonies for the Lake Placid Winter Olympics. He later served as a Republican Assemblyman from Plattsburgh for twenty years and chaired the Clinton County GOP. Ortloff ran briefly for state Senate and narrowly won re-election in 2004, before stepping aside in 2006. Before leaving office, Governor George Pataki appointed Ortloff to a paid position on the State Board of Parole, a term that expires in 2012. NCPR will have more on this story as information becomes available.