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Board of Elections Rules in Favor of “TEAM NEW CASTLE” Ballot Line; Opponents Pool, Saland & Lichtenthal Surrogates hire Kristen Browde to Challenge BOE decision in court.

On Friday, June 14 the bi-partisan Board of Elections (BOE) ruled in favor of Team New Castle and declared that “…the names of James A. Smith, Lauren L. Levin and Sean B. Maraynes will appear on the Independent Party “TEAM NEW CASTLE” ballot…” in November’s election.  

That decision of the bi-partisan BOE was not good enough for our opponents. Surrogates, represented by their attorney Kristen Browde, have filed papers in NY Supreme Court to challenge us and the BOE. 

Team New Castle will continue to defend against these voter suppression tactics and defend the Independent Party “Team New Castle” line on the ballot.  We thank the voters who took the time to sign our petition; we will defend your signature and ultimately hope to earn your vote.  

To every resident in New Castle, we promise to not let this action distract us from the conversation about the issues facing our Town and how we hope to represent you in solving them.               

Chronology

April – 28 May: Signing Nominating Petitions.  Team New Castle collected signatures for the petition to create the Independent Party for the November election.  This took place door-to-door, at the Farmer’s Market and numerous other public events and locations, especially the Train Station where TNC appeared on more than a dozen days, sometimes as early as 5:00 a.m.

Tuesday, 21 May: Nominating Petition Volume 1. Team New Castle submitted to the Board of Elections Volume 1 of their Nominating Petition; it contained 498 signatures.

Friday, 24 May: General Objection Volume 1. Bjorn Christian Edstrom (spouse of Candidate Ivy Pool), Stephanie Steinberg (Spouse of Candidate Jason Lichtenthal), Iris Lachaud, and Marie Short filed General Objections against the Team New Castle Nominating Petition

Tuesday, 28 May:Nominating Petition Volume 2. Team New Castle submitted to the Board of Elections Volume 2 of their Nominating Petition; it contained an additional 120 signatures. This was the last day to submit signatures to create an Independent Party. While at the BOE to submit the signatures, Jim Smith saw his opponents Ivy Pool and Jeremy Saland reviewing petitions for the challenge

Friday, 31 May: General Objection Volume 2. Bjorn Christian Edstrom, Stephanie Steinberg, Iris Lachaud, and Marie Short filed General Objections against the Team New Castle Nominating Petition Volume 2 signatures

Thursday, 6 June: Specific Objections. Iris Lachaud and Marie Short filed Specific Objections against Team New Castle, seeking to strike 356 signatures and disqualify the Independent Party “Team New Castle” from the November ballot. The vast majority of these challenges related to alleged voter signature defects and legibility claims.

Tuesday, 11 June: Petition to Validate. Team New Castle filed a Petition to Validate Signatures in New York Supreme Court.

Friday, 14 June: Board of Elections Ruling. The BOE, after an extensive 7+ day review that consumed significant county resources, ruled on the Specific Objections.

Tuesday 18 June: Petition to Invalidate.  Our opponents through surrogates and their counsel, Kristen Browde, file a Petition to Invalidate signatures in New York Supreme Court.