2 candidates must run as write-ins in Niskayuna primary

Thursday, August 1, 2013
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— Niskayuna town Republicans will have candidates in this fall’s Town Board and town justice races, they’ll just have to go through extra steps to do it.

That’s because their petitions to make the ballot directly were successfully challenged this week, knocking Republican Town Board candidate David Dussault and Republican town justice candidate Michael Horan off the ballot for the Sept. 10 primary.

Justice Vincent J. Reilly Jr. made the ruling, agreeing with technical objections made by petitioner Geoffrey Hall that invalidated enough signatures to put both Dussault and Horan below the number required to make the ballot.

Reilly, though, found the two candidates qualified for having an “opportunity to ballot” in the Sept. 10 primary, meaning that Republicans will get to write in their preferred candidate, with the winning candidate appearing on the November ballot on the Republican line.

“Invalidating the designating petition in this case potentially disenfranchises a significant number of voters who have indicated their preference for candidate,” Reilly wrote. “Under these circumstances, the Court concludes that the equitable remedy of providing these voters an opportunity to ballot at the September 10, 2013 primary election is appropriate.”

Dussault is the sole Republican candidate for two Town Board seats up for election this fall. Running on the Democratic side are incumbent Denise Murphy McGraw and John DellaRatta. DellaRatta is seeking his first term on the board.

Murphy’s seat and that of current board member Jonathan McKinney are up. McKinney is not seeking re-election.

For town justice, Horan is seeking to challenge Democratic candidate Peter J. Scagnelli for the justice seat. Both are seeking their first terms.

Town Supervisor Joe Landry, a Democrat, is running for re-election this fall. No Republican filed to challenge him, so he is running unopposed.

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