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Parisi cries foul over Rotterdam GOP nods

Chairwoman defends picks, says attack related to past grudge

A Rotterdam Republican Committee member is alleging his party's recent candidate endorsements aren't valid, but his colleagues maintain the vote was handled properly.

Former Rotterdam Town Board member Gerard Parisi filed a lawsuit Friday, April 22, with the Schenectady County Clerk challenging the legality of the April 14 endorsements made by the Rotterdam Republican Committee, of which he is a member. Parisi's two main claims are that proper notice of the meeting wasn't provided and there weren't enough committee members present to hold a legal vote on endorsements. In addition he claims the proxy votes counted in the meeting have not been supplied to him as requested.

It was really done improperly. I am just looking to have it done the right way, said Parisi. "I don't know if they didn't realize it, or if they did it on purpose nobody has responded to any of my questions to give me an answer."

Tracy Donovan, chairwoman of the town's GOP committee, said the endorsements were valid according to the by-laws of the committee. She said the list of committee members Parisi is using is also not accurate.

"We did have enough according to our bylaws, we did have enough for the vote," said Donovan. "He has an old list of committee people I don't know where he is getting all this information."

Donovan said she believes there is a connection between past events and Parisi's current claim against the party.

"I think he is upset he didn't win the [September 2010] primary against Assemblyman George Amedore, and at the time when Rotterdam endorsed him they [county Republicans] claimed it was an illegal vote," said Donovan. "There is only speculation, but it seems awful coincidental that when he made the challenge to George's seat, it was an illegal vote back then."

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