Santabarbara claims Amedore is playing political games
The Change Albany Now party line might just have to wait.
Assemblyman George Amedore, R-Rotterdam, filed a lawsuit against Angelo Santabarbara, D-Rotterdam, for the independent nominating petition to filed by Santabarbara to establish the independent party line Change Albany Now. Santabarbara, legislator of Schenectady County, is running against Amedore in the upcoming election for the 105th Assembly District seat.
Amedore, member of the New York State Board of Elections, is citing the signatures personally acquired by Santabarbara in the lawsuit.
It is quite alarming that of the signatures the candidate himself claims to have personally witnessed there is an amazing 45 percent error that we have found and discovered of those signatures, said Amedore. "Those errors could be non-registered voters, but they also can be completely out of the district voters or individuals."
Currently, 951 signatures are objected with 1,558 signatures being valid, which is above the minimum amount of signatures required to establish a party line.
"He may technically may have significant number of valid signatures, but the specifics of the objections will also ask the board and the court to look further upon the pattern and the discovery we have found," said Amedore. "We are asking the court to determine if this gross and reckless disregard for the rules constitutes fraud."
Santabarbara said this is just a political move Amedore is using against him.
"He is simply trying to smear my name," said Santabarbara. "I can't stop him, but I can certainly point out that he is at this point using legal tactics to make it look like I did something wrong, which just is not true. I intend to run this race with a lot of hard work. If Amedore runs this race with legal tactics and legal maneuvers then that is what he chooses to do."