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Hassig petitions up for review; Burke under siege 2

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A handful of objections have been filed against the ballot petitions of candidates for the 21st Congressional District, but at least one candidate’s petitions may be disqualified by the New York state Board of Elections itself.

Donald L. Hassig, the 2012 Green Party candidate denounced by his own party in that race for his comments on immigration, said that he submitted his petitions, which included 61 signatures, by priority mail at 3:53 p.m. Thursday.

According to federal election law, if a candidate files their petitions by mail on the last day for filing, in this case April 10, they must be received no later than one business day after the last day to file, in this case April 11.

Despite this, Mr. Hassig’s seven pages of signatures appeared under the Green Party line Tuesday with a received date of April 14. A status marker to the right of the number of pages lists the status of the petitions as “valid.”

According to John W. Conklin, a spokesman for the state Board of Elections, the board posts the filings they receive as they come in, though all petitions are subject to staff review. The valid label on the website is simply an internal staff note, he said.

“We list everything we receive,” Mr. Conklin said. “That doesn’t necessarily mean it’s valid.”

If staff find a “prima facie,” or glaring, defect in a candidates petitions or his method of filing, they can recommend to the board that the petitions be rejected.

The state Board of Elections meets on April 30.


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Stephen W. Burke, the Macomb Democrat challenging party pick Aaron G. Woolf, Elizabethtown, said Monday that the objections to his petitions were an attempt by the more powerful members of his party to get him off the ballot so that Mr. Woolf would not face a primary opponent.

“Aaron Woolf must be such a weak candidate that they’re doing everything they can to make sure he can run unimpeded,” Mr. Burke said.

The names of the individuals objecting to Mr. Burke’s petitions are Gertrude S. Daly and Jason Clark, according to the state Board of Elections website. The pair have also lodged objections against petitions from Republican Elise M. Stefanik and Green Party candidate Matthew J. Funiciello.

Mr. Clark, who did not return calls for comment, has also objected to Ms. Stefanik’s Conservative and Independence Party petitions.


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