Political opponents are resorting to an age-old maneuver — objecting to petitions — to try to force candidates off the ballot on the Sept. 13 state primary and the Nov. 6 general election.
In New York, candidates must submit petitions with a certain number of signatures to run on a party's line in a primary or in the general. The objections — which haven't yet been specified — are an attempt to discredit those petitions.
The objections must be fleshed out in filings to the BOE today.
So far, the following objections have been made:
Joe Chilelli, the Democratic candidate for Assembly District 118, objected to Assemblyman Marc Butler's attempt to get on the Conservative and Independence party lines.
And in Assembly District 115, Russ Finley, the campaign manager for Republican Karen Bisso, filed objections to two of her opponents: Timothy Carpenter, a Democrat, and Assemblywoman Janet Duprey's Republican and Independence Party petitions.
Meanwhile, David Kimmel, a potential Sept. 13 primary opponent to Mrs. Bisso, filed objections to Mrs. Bisso's Republican and Conservative petitions and Ms. Duprey's Republican petitions.
Both of the aforementioned Assembly districts stretch into parts of St. Lawrence County.
Mr. Kimmel says that he won't file specifications for his objections.
Mr. Finley, though, said that he was preparing to send his specific objections for consideration on Monday.