Written by By Friday, 14 August 2009 00:00
A bipartisan committee at the Nassau County Board of Elections ruled Aug. 6 that Robert Troiano has enough valid signatures to remain a candidate in the Democratic primary for the 2nd Legislative District.
Last month, Josh Corbin, son and campaign manager of incumbent Legislator Roger Corbin, challenged Troiano’s 1,414 signatures on several grounds, including but not limited to, claims that the current North Hempstead Town councilman’s petitions included signatures from out-of-district residents, non-registered voters and voters not enrolled in the Democratic Party along with those featuring illegible, incomplete or altered signatures. Also in question were petitions featuring signatures from voters who allegedly signed Troiano’s petitions and those of another candidate.
According to Democratic Elections Commissioner William Biamonte, the bipartisan committee ruled that 607 signatures were invalid. Under Election Law, candidates must have 500 valid signatures to remain on the ballot for Sept. 15 primary – Troiano has 807.
Last week, Josh Corbin filed an Order to Show Cause against Troiano but on Aug. 13 a Supreme Court judge dismissed the case on the grounds of untimeliness.
As it currently stands, both Corbin and Troiano will vie to be the Democratic Party’s candidate in the Sept. 15 primary.
Troiano’s petitions were not the only ones to be challenged.
Last month, Hempstead resident Ramel Smith challenged the signatures submitted by Westbury civic activist Pablo Sinclair and, on July 31, a bipartisan committee ruled that 726 of Sinclair’s 822 signatures were invalid based on numerous factors, including, but not limited to, incorrect address, non-registered voter, etc. With only 96 signatures deemed valid, Sinclair does not have a sufficient number of signatures to remain on the ballot for the Democratic primary.
Last week, Sinclair told this newspaper that he would not let the actions brought forth hinder him and said he planned to seek election to the 2nd L.D. in November as a member of the People First Party. To do so, however, Sinclair must obtain some 1,500 signatures by the Aug. 18 deadline from residents who have not signed a petition for any other candidate running for the 2nd L.D., including his own ballot for the Democratic primary.