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UPDATE: Cunningham's WFP objection thrown out

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 yesterday (Thursday, July 30) about the objection ruling.

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

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, Nanci Moquin 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 yesterday (Thursday, July 30) that a judge was assigned to the case and he wants to have a conference on the matter on Monday, Aug. 3.

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

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