Gerson Remains Off Ballot
July 28th, 2009
The New York City Board of Elections ruled this afternoon that City Councilmember Councilman Alan Gerson of District 1 is still off the ballot for the Sept. 15 Democratic primary. According to City Hall News, Gerson was bumped off because of a “technical error” resulting from the printing of petitions that incorrectly listed his address.
Valerie Vazquez-Rivera, the Board of Elections spokeswoman, said that the commissioners cover sheet review committee, which consists of Gregory Soumas and Frederic Umane, ruled that Gerson will remain off the ballot.
“We believe that the mistakes involved were trivial,” and that Gerson will be back on the ballot, said George Arzt, a spokesman for the Gerson campaign. Arzt said that the campaign collected 7,000 signatures, far in excess of the 900 required.
Arzt believes Gerson will be “restored, and if not, we’ll go to court.” The Gerson campaign has an appeal hearing scheduled for Aug, 3.
City Hall News reporter Chris Bragg wrote that Gerson’s address was incorrectly listed as 1505 LaGuardia Place, instead of 505 LaGuardia Place. Bragg said Gerson tried to “cure the error this weekend, but tried to do so without the assistance of an attorney. He tried to cross the extra ‘1’ in the address off the petitions, but the board was not satisfied.”
Gerson, who would have been out of office had it not been for the extension of term limits that he voted for, is locked in a tight five-way race. He is trailing candidates Margaret Chin and PJ Kim in fundraising.By Alex Kane on July 28, 2009, 6:18 pm
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