Interesting week, a lot of things are going on locally now that petitions have been filed.
Here is what we hear:
Andi Turco Levin, Republican candidate in Ward 1, failed to file enough petitions to secure the Republican nomination for Ward 1. This is just pathetic, 19 were needed and only 14 were turned in.
Andi's opponent by contrast turned in over 90. We like Andy and think she would be a great Alderman but you have to want the job.
It's very disappointing to see that Andi could not get 20 signatures to get herself on the ballot.
The next stop for Andi will be a GOP OTB, no names will appear on the ballot and anyone can write anyone's name in. There is no love lose between Andi and Al Teetsil. Could we see Al try and take the line or could he have his friends write in Andi's opponent's name?
A once sure thing for Andi has now become interesting.
Looks like Richard Cahill Sr., will not have the Independence line, Cahill is looking at having 3 signatures. Knocked out for lack of a date on the signature..making him short the required number of signatures.
Jen Fuentas has also had her Working Families Party petitions challenged but we are told the petitions are valid and will stand at the end of the day.
Ms. Fuentas is inching closer to becoming the first registered member of the Working Families Party to be elected to the Kingston Common Council. Vegas odds have her at about 90%
Speaking of Ward 5, two time unsuccessful candidate for Alderman, Jean Jacobs is taking another stab at it. Jean has filed paperwork to run against Cahill Sr. In the GOP primary, if she is successful we could see a three way race in that Ward, Cahill Sr. Has the Conservative endorsement.
Jean Jacobs also has filed petitions to run for County Legislator in District 12 ...whether or not she can run for both offices at the same time is being researched.
Nina Postupack came within an eyelash of not having the Independence line after Independence Chairman Len Bernardo had to hold it hostage to get Mario Catalano and his committee to sign the Wilson Pakula for the three Dems and all the Conservative Party candidates that had been endorsed by the GOP at their convention last month.
Apparently, Catalano "forgot to sign" the Wilson and was MIA during today's deadline.
After a heated exchange with Tom Turko, Len got the GOP to hold up their end of the bargin .....the GOP caved in kicking and screaming to save Nina Postupack's Indy line.
Speaking of the Independence Party : Debra Schneer has filed enough petitions to force a primary for the line against Don Williams. Debra has a strong committee and is now the sitting County Court Judge... She has a good shot.
I firmly believe whomever wins the Independence party primary will win the November election.
Its not even August yet, this is going to be an explosive election year.