Embadding Hollywood actor Alec Baldwin and his family are embroiled in a bizarre argument with New York Gov. Kathy Hochul over a booth at the Great New York State Fair.
For 33 years, a Baldwin family cancer charity has sponsored a booth adorned with pink ribbons, T-shirts, jewelry and portraits of cancer victims at the annual 13-day event in the town of Geddes, near Syracuse.
But this year the charity, which is named after Carol Baldwin, the family matriarch who died last year after a long battle with breast cancer, is pulling out of the fair, which opens next week.
It is claimed that new government regulations mean the charity will not be able to take on and benefit from the recycling of the fair as before.
“After meeting last week, I can no longer take the changes being made by State Fair executives,” said Beth Baldwin-Keuchler, Alec’s older sister and longtime executive director of the Baldwin Fund wrote on the charity’s website. The full name of the charity is the Carol M. Baldwin Fund.
“You won’t see the Baldwin Fund at the big NYS Fair this year. This decision was not taken lightly.”
Baldwin-Keuchler, 67, said that in recent years the charity has hired volunteers and others to run the fair’s recycling program in exchange for a deposit on the bottles collected.
In a few years, the nonprofit was able to earn more than $50,000, according to Baldwin-Keuchler said NewsChannel9.
But the new rules prevent that, said an irate Baldwin-Keuchler. “I’ve got a lot more, bigger things to do. Sit with people when they’re on chemotherapy, take them to the doctor, sit with them when they’re dying on their last breath, and I’ll argue over a six-cent can.”
The television interview was interrupted by a phone call from younger brother Alec, 65.
“I don’t think the local indigenous people are being taken care of,” Baldwin said.
“In order for this organization to represent what it means in the hearts and minds of Central New York and for them to be treated that way… no priority is given to the local groups, to me the local groups should have priority.”
It’s not clear what discussions took place between the Baldwin Fund and officials from New York State, which runs the fair, which draws hundreds of thousands of visitors for agricultural displays, a display of antique tractors and sculptures made from 800 pounds of butter.
The charity, founded in 2001 by Carol Baldwin and her six children, raised $435,559 — but did not pay out any grants — in 2021, the most recent year for which it has submitted records.
Instead, it paid Baldwin-Keucher $102,135, while board secretary Mary Bird earned $13,259.
Baldwin-Keuchler has enjoyed steady pay rises throughout the charity’s history. In 2005, her base salary was $36,000, which peaked at $104,627 in 2018, according to federal records.
The last public disclosure of grants was in 2020, when the company awarded $200,000 to the State University of New York Research Foundation, the filings show.
That year, Baldwin’s brother Daniel, sister Jane Baldwin-Sasso and Beth’s daughter Jacqueline Baldwin-Calveric were on the charity’s board of directors.
In addition to their booth at the show, the nonprofit organization organizes a gala dinner, golf tournament, and other events to raise funds.
The Post’s emails to the state’s Department of Agriculture and Markets, which oversees the fair, and to the Baldwin Fund were not returned Thursday.
“We wish the foundation continued success and welcome the opportunity to work together again in the future,” said a Fair spokeswoman said Syracuse.com“The show is currently working to secure a deal with a recycling provider and will share more where possible.”
Although Alec Baldwin is not listed as a board member in the charity’s federal records, he is included in a board listing on the charity’s website and was present at the booth at the state fair.
The standoff with Gov. Hochul comes in a week when a new report from ballistics experts in Arizona and New Mexico this week could lead to new charges against the actor involved in the fatal shooting of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins in 2021.
Baldwin has claimed the revolver was accidentally fired after following instructions to point it at Hutchins, who was behind the camera during rehearsals for his budget western, Rust.