Peekskill — Monday afternoon, New York State Supreme Court Justice Sam Walker ruled against Republican candidates Bob Sullivan and Luis Segarra, who attempted to get back on the ballot on the Democratic Party line. Two weeks ago, both candidates were disqualified from the Democratic Party line after they submitted petitions that were not witnessed properly and had numerous invalid signatures.
The effort was part of a Catalina campaign tactic that sought to sow confusion over who were the officially endorsed Democratic candidates for council. Multiple residents had reported that his running mates misrepresented themselves when trying to obtain the requisite signatures, suggesting they were officially running with Andre Rainey. The candidates even misrepresented themselves to Mr. Rainey’s grandmother, telling her they were running as part of his ticket to get her to sign their petitions.
“Today’s ruling is a rebuke not only to the underhanded tactics of Frank Catalina and his running mates, but also the litigious nature of the Republican candidates, some of whose lawsuits resulted in property taxes going up almost 6%,” Councilman Andre Rainey, candidate for Mayor tells BW. “Now that the judge has made clear these candidates won’t be able to try and run as Democrats they can proudly run under the banner of the Republican Party.”
“With this lawsuit over, it’s time to get back to reaching out to voters. Elections are decided in the ballot box, not the courtroom,” said Council candidate Colin Smith.