Bronx Democrats File Petitions

The NYC Board of Elections acknowledges that the Bronx Democratic party organization filed petition volumes for its slate of Council candidates incumbents Rafael Salamanca, Vanessa Gibson, Fernando Cabrera, Andy Cohen and Andy King as well as Assemblyman Mark Gjonaj and State Sen. Rubén Diaz Sr., judicial delegates, and civil court candidate, Fidel Gomez.

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On Tuesday, the Board of Elections Cover Sheet Review Committee found that the Bronx Democrats had made errors of three volumes of petitions involving judicial delegates:

There were no page numbers on the entire 79 AD Judicial Delegates BX00562 volume. Petition sheets in 81 AD volumes, BX00565/00567,  were incorrectly paginated. Volume one was numbered 1 through 276 and volume two began with page 267. These errors are correctable within a three-day window after the designated campaign contact person is notified.

Senator Rubén Díaz posted a message thanking “all of the nearly 4,500 supporters who signed petitions to get [him] on the ballot for the 18th City Council District.” He called it an outpouring of support. Sen. Diaz, also thanked “the many volunteers who knocked on doors and donated their time to help collect these signatures.”On Monday, Diaz rival Amanda Farias thanked her supporters for collecting over 3,000 petition signatures for her.

The fact that Diaz and Assemblyman Gjonaj are seeking to leave the State Legislature has led their critics to claim that they are only for the pay bump the $148,500 post would give them.

Under the City Charter, council candidates only need a minimum of 450 signatures to get on the ballot.  The Democratic Primary is on Tuesday, September 12th.

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