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No New Tax Party on Rotterdam ballot

"The four of us are in primaries next Tuesday, so it doesn't stop for us. It seems like a distant event last week that we cleared the ballot," said Mertz.

Mertz said he wasn't surprised that a general objection was filed when the petition was initially submitted, but the he believes it just gave the Board of Elections more time to review the candidates' petition and "make sure it's in order."

Prior to the creation of the No New Tax Party, Mertz and O'Connor announced that they would both be seeking the GOP line on the ballot for Rotterdam Town Board in the September primaries, despite the fact that they didn't have backing from the Rotterdam GOP committee.

"It's actually very exciting," said Mertz.

For information about the No New Tax Party, voters can visit the Web site at www.nonewtaxparty.com.

According to O'Connor, the No New Tax Party doesn't have the funding available to them that the "Rotterdam political bosses do," so they are relying on a grassroots effort that they hope will involve the citizens of Rotterdam.

By Thursday, Sept. 3, the party has received offers for financial contributions and volunteers from the Upstate Conservative Coalition, the Primary Challenge organization, and the New York Tea Party Patriots.

See the Thursday, Sept. 17, edition of The Spotlight or the Web at www.spotlightnews.com for updates to this story. ""

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