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Stefanik turns in 700 Conservative Party signatures, Doheny promises 1,000, party to meet Friday; Woolf named CDNY featured speaker

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Elise M. Stefanik, one of three Republican candidates for New York’s 21st Congressional District, announced today that she has turned in more than 700 signatures from members of the state’s Conservative Party.

Candidate Matthew A. Doheny, who ran on the Conservative line in 2012, is seeking the party’s line again this year.

David M. Catalfamo, a spokesman for Mr. Doheny, said that while Mr. Doheny will file his petitions Thursday, he is planning to turn in more than 1,000 signatures from members of the Conservative Party.

That means that 1 in every 5 Conservative party members in the district has signed for Mr. Doheny, according to Mr. Catalfamo.

A minimum of 281 signatures are required to appear on the ballot on the Conservative line, according to state elections law.

New York state Conservative Party Chairman Michael R. Long said that the executive committee of the party is having an organizational meeting Friday to decide whether to endorse a candidate, authorize both candidates to run on the line via the Wilson Pakula Act or to hold a primary.

“That’s one of the races we have to look at,” Mr. Long said.

Mr. Long said that only Ms. Stefanik and Mr. Doheny have spoken to the Conservative Party executive committee about running on that line. Joseph M. Gilbert, the former St. Lawrence County Emergency Services Director, is also planning to run as a Republican.

Mr. Doheny and Ms. Stefanik are apparently both circulating Independence Party nominating petitions, according to the Glens Falls Post Star.

Mr. Doheny was endorsed by the Independence Party in late February, shortly after entering the race.

Mr. Catalfamo said Tuesday that the Independence party was still supporting Mr. Doheny.

— DPF

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The College Democrats of New York announced this week that Aaron F. Woolf, one of two Democratic candidates in the 21st Congressional District race, has been confirmed as the latest addition to a slate of speakers scheduled to address the group’s 2014 Convention April 11 - 13 in Albany.

— DPF

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