WHITE PLAINS, NY -- Judge J. Emmett Murphy of the Westchester County Supreme Court has invalidated all of the roughly 2,700 petitions filed by Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino to get his name on the ballot for the Independence Party of Westchester in September.
J. Emmett Murphy is a Democrat.
The petitions were invalidated after 45 members of the Independence Party of Westchester received summons to attend a hearing last week. All 45 members were thrown out of the party effected last April. Independence Party Designating Petitions were circulated from June 4th through July 7th and thus any petition signatures obtained in June and July are considered invalid.
Under New York State Election Laws, a county political chairman can hold hearings to challenge whether a member of the party is “not in sympathy with the principles of such party.”
Dr. Giulio Cavallo, chairman of the Independence Party of Westchester, who has previously endorsed Noam Bramson, called such a hearing.
The Astorino campaign will file an appeal to challenge the decision.