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Judge: None of the WEP challengers are in charge

Sep 16, 2015 12:02 am
Matthew Hamilton is reporting at Capitol Confidential a state Supreme Court judge in Niagara County has ruled that none of the three groups wrestling over control of the Women’s Equality Party can nominate candidates to run on the party’s line this year. However, the ruling does not clearly indicate if it applies statewide, or only within Niagara County. According to Supreme Court Justice Frank Caruso election law states that if there is a question of conflict, the rule-making body that created the rules that a majority of the party's statewide candidates agreed to get to run the party. In this case, Caruso wrote, none of the three groups has a majority. The three groups vying for control of the Women's Equality Party include allies of Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, a contingent led by former state Sen. Cecilia Tkaczyk and a group of Republicans. Tkaczyk said she believed the ruling was the best outcome. DISCLOSURE: Tkaczyk is a WGXC programmer. Read the full story at Capitol Confidential, a Times Union blog.