Alec Baldwin in bizarre argument with Kathy Hochul over New York State Fair

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.

Alec Baldwin at the New York State Fair
Alec Baldwin ran the Baldwin Fund’s booth at the New York State Fair, but this year the family’s charity, which paid his sister more than $100,000 but gave no grants, won’t be there.
The Baldwin Fund

Daniel Baldwin, Stephen Baldwin, Carol Baldwin, Beth Baldwin, Alec Baldwin, William Baldwin and Jane Baldwin
The entire Baldwin family – from left Daniel, Stephen, their late mother Carol, Beth, Alec, Billy and Jane – is committed to the Carol M. Baldwin Fund. Carol died last year at the age of 92.

“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.

Kathy Hochul and Kirsten Gillibrand caress a butter sculpture.
Gov. Kathy Hochul is a longtime visitor to the state fair and has instituted new rules for conducting it. She and Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand tapped the butter sculpture together in 2016, when she was Lieutenant Governor.
Governor Kathy Hochul Flickr

butter sculpture
One of the most popular attractions at the New York State Fair, which opens August 23 and runs through Labor Day, is the 800-pound butter sculpture.
New York State Police

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.”

An Instagram post by the Carol M. Baldwin Fund.
So the fund announced that it would not be going to the state fair.

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.

Recycling at the New York State Fair
The Baldwin Fund raised tens of thousands for cancer research through a recycling program it formerly ran at the New York State Fair, which draws nearly a million visitors to upstate New York each summer.
The Baldwin Fund

Carol Baldwin, the beloved matriarch of the Baldwin clan, spent more than two decades raising money and raising awareness for cancer at events that capitalized on her sons’ fame, such as a fundraiser with Rob Schneiderman in 2005.
Getty Images

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.

Beth Baldwin and Alec Baldwin
Alec Baldwin and his sister Beth Baldwin-Keuchler have worked since 2001 to raise awareness and research funds for cancer through their family foundation, the Baldwin Fund.
The Badwin Fund

Alec Baldwin, Hilaria Baldwin and children
Alec Baldwin, along with his wife Hilaria Baldwin and their seven children, intervened in a local television interview with his sister to express his outrage at the state fair.
Hilaria Baldwin / Instagram

“We wish the foundation continued success and welcome the opportunity to work together again in the future,” said a Fair spokeswoman said“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.


JACLYN DIAZ is a USTimeToday U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. JACLYN DIAZ joined USTimeToday in 2023 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing

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