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Addabbo Skirts a Challenge
August 5th, 2008

Joseph Addabbo Jr., the Democratic institutions choice to defeat state Sen. Serphin Maltese and wrest the Senate majority from the Republicans, has sidestepped a blow from rival Democrat Albert Baldeo that threatened to nullify his candidacy with the Working Families Party.

Baldeo teamed up with an insurgent WFP employee to bring a lawsuit to the state Supreme Court yesterday accusing Addabbo of collecting invalid signatures. But Judge Lawrence Cullen threw out the charges late yesterday afternoon, and the Addabbo campaign can breathe a quick sigh of relief in what has been a heated campaign.

Baldeo came within two points of beating Maltese, a Republican, in 2006 without the Democratic establishments backing. If he does not win the partys nomination in September, Baldeo will stay on the ballot in the general with the Green Party and the Hope and Change Party (his own creation). This raises the prospect of a split in the liberal vote, which means Addabbos WFP candidacy could be critical in pushing him over the top.

A term-limited City Council member, Addabbo has the endorsements of the Queens Democratic organization and the WFP in a race that many believe will decide whether the Democrats eke out their first majority in the Senate since 1965.

When Joseph Addabbo submitted a petition with multiple forgeries, multiple duplicate signatures and signatures of people who are not enrolled . . . that constitutes a fraudulent petition, said Grant Lally, a private attorney representing Baldeo and Radha Gangaprashad, the WFP worker. He should not be rewarded for committing fraud.

Addabbos simple response: We played by the rules.

The WFP worker, Radha Gangaprashad, originally filed a complaint against Addabbos candidacy with the city Board of Elections on July 16, but the board ruled for Addabbo, prompting Gangaprashad to take the case to court.

Allegations of fraudulent signatures are the stuff of a typical race in New York State, since laws governing petition collecting are, by most accounts, copious and convoluted. But as a campaigner, Addabbo is no stranger to troubles with the law. He violated city Campaign Finance Board regulations in each of his three City Council runs, taking over-the-limit donations and unauthorized corporate contributions.

By on August 5, 2008, 3:48 pm
In category: Electoral Politics,Gotham City,Governing | 6 Comments »

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6 Responses to “Addabbo Skirts a Challenge”

  1. Grassroots DEm Says:
    August 5th, 2008 at 7:43 pm

    Why should we keep recycled Addabbo? He has certainly fallen far from the tree, his father the Congressman. With fraud written all over his actions, his vote to raise property taxes increases, and the slush scandal, this gentleman-who is an accountant-will be rejected by voters:
    http://joeaddabboagenda.blogspot.com/

  2. JJ Says:
    August 6th, 2008 at 12:31 pm

    If Addabbo thinks that he can actually beat Maltese – I believe he is smoking some funny weeds…when he is termed limited, he should go back and try to practice law…if he knows how that is! And if he thiks that he will get help mfrom the Senate Minority Leader Smith – he is smoking more than the funny weeds…Smith doesn’t have the power to get anyone elected in the Senate…ask Gov. Patterson.

  3. JJ Says:
    August 6th, 2008 at 12:33 pm

    If Addabbo thinks that he can actually beat Maltese – I believe he is smoking some funny weeds…when he is termed limited, he should go back and try to practice law…if he knows how that is! And if he thinks that he will get help from the Senate Minority Leader Smith – he is smoking more than the funny weeds…Smith doesn’t have the power to get anyone elected in the Senate…ask Gov. Patterson.

  4. Gotham Gazette - The Wonkster » Blog Archive » Council Special Elections on the Horizon? Says:
    August 6th, 2008 at 4:13 pm

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  5. O'Hara Says:
    August 6th, 2008 at 7:54 pm

    Addabbo has failed us. No more musical chairs. He fell far from the standard required. He raised taxes, harassed minorities in Howard Beach, got an “F” fron environmental groups, poor attendance record, did not address overdevelopment and quality of life issues. Lazy, crony politician. Go back to private life and represent criminals like his firm does.

  6. JD Says:
    August 7th, 2008 at 9:46 am

    Addabbo is a far better candidate to take on Maltese than Baldeo is. One question regarding Baldeo’s finances comes to my mind – He ran for the City Council back in 2005, yet no final audit by CFB, why?

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