Lawsuit challenges petitions in Union
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UNION, N.Y. -- We're almost three months away from elections, and a lawsuit could change who is on the ballot in the town of Union. Republicans are questioning the Democratic candidates' petitions and have appealed the signatures to the New York State Supreme Court.
If those signatures are found invalid, candidates Bill Tastle and Frank Palmisano will not be on the ballot. They submitted a petition with 551 signatures. 500 are needed to run for town council.
The Broome County Democratic Committee Chairman called the lawsuit frivolous and said small mistakes were made, but Broome County Legislator Michael Schafer said everyone should follow the rules, and candidates should be held accountable.
"Elections should be settled by people, not by judges. If these candidates are ruled off the ballot, there will be no election for a four year term to town council. Completely taking the people of Union out of the picture for the next four years," said Jim Testani, (D) Broome County Democratic Committee Chairman.
"I believe in democracy. I believe people have the right to be on a ballot. However, they have to follow the rules, and if they don't want to follow the rules, then why do we bother to have petitions," asked Michael Schafer, (R) Broome County Legislator.
The court case is set to be held this Wednesday. Both parties expect a quick decision.