Working Families Party objection to Cunningham tossed

Cunningham did not specifically respond to Messina's comments, stating, "I look forward to the election and look forward to meeting residents to talk about my re-election campaign."

Clyne said the Working Families Party objection was fatally flawed because basic information was not included.

"The objection didn't include an address, it's pretty simple," Clyne said. "It's kind of funny for [Messina] to make these comments when he's the one who can't put politics aside in this race."

There was also a general objection filed on July 20 by an Independence Party member against the designating petitions of Cunningham, Kyle Kotary, Mark Jordan, and Gregg Sagendorph for the line.

There were 36 specific objections filed by the same member on Monday, July 27, but Graziano said its fate is out of the board of elections' hands. The objections listed attorney James E. Walsh as the objector's representative.

"It was already in court when we got it, so we are going to leave it there," Graziano said of the decision to be made on the Independence Party objections.

Walsh told The Spotlight that a judge was assigned to the case and he had a conference on the matter on Monday, Aug. 3, and is scheduled to go back to court on Thursday, Aug. 6, at 9:30 a.m. for a possible ruling.

Until then, he said he and his client are in "a holding pattern."

"We filed a lawsuit because I think there's a problem with the petitions filed with the board of elections," Walsh said. "They had people collecting [signatures] as a notary and no oaths were administered."

Walsh claimed the state's election laws were broken in collecting Independence Party signatures for Cunningham's slate.

"There are certain procedures involved in collecting signatures according to New York State Election Law and my lawsuit is making the allegation that they were not followed," he said. "The judge is going to want to know about what happened."

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