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Bethlehem Independence Party lawsuit dismissed

Messina said the matter comes down to an issue of control and that Cunningham's Democratic chairman, Matthew Clyne, is using his position as the Albany County Democratic Commission or the Board of Elections to sway favor, particularly in the previous Working Families Party decision.

"I feel that residents of Bethlehem and particularly people registered in the Independence Party did not get served well by the judges decision," he said. "This is not a trivial matter. The oath is in the law to protect the integrity of the system, to ensure that people are supporting candidates access to the ballot and to protect against major parties raiding smaller parties."

The councilman said he does not plan to pursue an appeal.

"I believe that this case can be won, and so does Mr. Walsh At this time I feel that I want to do what I can to change the root problem, and move us all onto a better place in terms of politics and governance," Messina said. "The best way for me to do that is to continue to use my time, energy and money to meet the people and talk about the issues, and that is what I will do."

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