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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.

At a regularly scheduled meeting today, the board considered Gerson’s case as well as that of Councilmember Robert Jackson, who was restored to the ballot, according to the Daily Politics.

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.

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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 on July 28, 2009, 6:18 pm
In category: Electoral Politics,Gotham City,Governing | 4 Comments »

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4 Responses to “Gerson Remains Off Ballot”

  1. sophie Says:
    July 29th, 2009 at 8:25 pm

    George Artz is a professional lobbyist, a hired gun who will do his clients’ bidding.

    Gerson’s problem is major, unlike deBlasio’s minor error.

    Instead of just throwing out the volume of petitions with the incorrect address (he had more than enough signatures), he committed candidate fraud: Gerson crossed out the addresses, instead of submitting an amended petition explaining the “Printers Error”, or, as I said, discarding the volume with the Fatal Error regarding the address.

    So, not only were his petitions fatally flawed in the first place, he compounded the error by altering a signed and witnessed legal government document. This from a lawyer!

    He screwed himself and all the hired guns in the world cannot remove his unethical and illegal actions.

  2. Joe Says:
    September 10th, 2009 at 7:38 pm

    Alan J Gerson stood with several leading environmental activists and welfare programs for children, senior citizens, WTC reforms, Cultural, Housing activities in his service till now.
    A short list of those can be found from here: http://www.gerson2009.com/main.cfm?actionId=globalShowStaticContent&screenKey=cmpContent&htmlKey=issues&s=gerson
    To continue his efforts, do vote for him for Dist 1 council election 15th Sept 2009

  3. SAM Says:
    September 13th, 2009 at 3:19 pm

    ALAN J GERSON contributed to the lives of young people as a member of the Board of the Chinese-American Planning Council, and the Advisory Boards of the Puerto Rican Family Institute’s New Arrivals Youth Group, and the St. Anthony of Padua after-school program. A longtime supporter of the Project Open Door Service Center and the Caring Community, Gerson contributed to a better quality of life for seniorcitizens. A supporter of the arts, he is fighting to create a folk music museum and affordable artist workspace.
    Please vote for him in District-1 Council election on Septemer 15th. To continue his good reforms.

  4. derrik Says:
    September 13th, 2009 at 3:21 pm

    gerson is a marvellous man.

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