Rotterdam GOP endorsements voided

At Monday's meeting, Republican Joseph Villano was selected to fill the opening created by Lazzari, and Republican Stanley Marchinkowski was chosen to run in place of DiLeva.

Donovan said she was pleased the GOP endorsements were all Republicans and said the party is strong moving forward.

"[The endorsements] give fresh faces and they are registered Republicans," she said. "It is starting to get really vicious out there. We have a united front and we are going to keep going."

Parisi said he was not pleased that the endorsements for the town's GOP candidates came from the county committee.

"They are not endorsed by the Town of Rotterdam," said Parisi. "Rotterdam candidates should be endorsed by the Rotterdam Republicans. That is a shame because that is the way it has always been and the way it always should be."

Parisi was troubled there wasn't a town GOP meeting held to vote on endorsements and he questioned if McGarry would be able to garner the support of the committee.

"They have never had a proper meeting to endorse the supervisor candidate unless they know they can't get an endorsement," said Parisi.

When Parisi filed the lawsuit, Donovan said there appeared to be a grudge against the No New Tax Party, which McGarry started, but Parisi previously said he had nothing to say against the party.

Court decision

The Court ruled solely on the late notice to invalidate the endorsements.

"Under the Town Committee by-laws, this notice was insufficient. Accordingly, the Court concludes that any action taken at the April 14, 2011, meeting including endorsements or recommendations for endorsement, is invalid," read the court's decision.

Parisi said he was pleased with the court's decision and previously said he just wants endorsements to be done properly.

"I am satisfied that the court agreed with our position that the meeting was invalid and that the attempted endorsements of candidates was declared invalid," said Parisi in an email. "These candidates are misleading the general public by stating that the GOP endorsed them for public office."

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