BETHLEHEM Bethlehem supervisor hopeful Jared King has been tossed from the county voter rolls, simultaneously ejecting him from his seat on the Albany County Republican Committee and impacting his chances to appear in the fall elections.
The decision stems from evidence King keeps his primary residence in Coxsackie, not Delmar, an assertion King denies.
King was removed from the county’s voter rolls at a hearing on Monday, June 24, before Albany County Board of Elections commissioners. A challenge to his voter registration was leveled by Bryon McKim, a member of the Albany County Republican Committee and legal counsel to the same. King said he plans to fight the ruling and continue his campaign to force a September Republican primary.
A notice of the hearing was sent by certified mail to King’s Delmar address, but he did not appear. During an interview with The Spotlight, King produced a certified mail notice that carried the date of June 15, informing him the certified letter would be available for pick up at the post office June 17.
King did not collect the notice until after the hearing, though, saying he was not aware of its contents. King argued the notice was illegal because it was sent by certified letter, not by first class mail, as the letter of the state election law requires.
“If it was sent first class I would have had it and I would have dealt with it,” King said.
Among documents considered at the hearing were King’s Department of Motor Vehicles records, which list his place of residence in Coxsackie on South River Road. His license is also currently suspended since March of 2012 for failure to answer a summons in the Town of Bethlehem, a matter he said he was unaware of.
A STAR tax exemption application in King’s name was also submitted. The 2010 application is for the Coxsackie address. The STAR program is only applicable to one’s primary residence, a requirement that is clearly stated on the application.