Working Families Party objection to Cunningham tossed

The Albany County Board of Elections has tossed out a Working Families Party objection against Supervisor Jack Cunningham's opportunity to ballot for the line.

Independence Party member Councilman Sam Messina is challenging Cunningham on the Republican, Conservative and Working Families Party lines and is facing off with him in an Independence Party primary in September.

As it stands now, Cunningham can now mount a write-in campaign for the Working Families line in September with his opportunity to ballot petition signed by five party members.

There are currently 29 or so members of the party residing in Bethlehem and only two signatures were needed on an opportunity to ballot petition.

Messina received the endorsement of the Working Families Party earlier this year and gathered 16 signatures for the line.

Republican Commissioner John Graziano told The Spotlight about the objection ruling, which was made on three specific grounds, including not having matching dates for the witness and signers and not administering oaths.

It was not upheld because the objector did not list his address on the general objection, Graziano said.

Messina spoke out about the Working Families Party objection, and said Albany County Board of Elections Democratic Commissioner Matthew Clyne, who is also Bethlehem's Democratic Chairman and the county Democratic vice chair, was playing "politics as usual."

"The depths to which Jack Cunningham and Matt Clyne will stoop to maintain their choke hold on our town government have reached a new low," he said. "After the Working Families Party caught Jack Cunningham failing to follow election law, they filed a legitimate challenge with the Board of Elections, of which Matt Clyne is the Democrat appointed co-commissioner."

Messina also made an appeal directly to voters.

"The people of Bethlehem deserve better than individuals who can't see beyond their political ties and personal ambitions," he said. "I hope all friends of good government remember the actions of Democratic Chairman Clyne and Vice Chairman Cunningham come Election Day."

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