Incumbent Republican state Sen. George Amedore has beat out his Democratic opponent, Palatine Supervisor Sara Niccoli, in a write-in campaign for the left-leaning Green Party line.
Amedore, R-Rotterdam, secured the Green Party ballot line as a write-in candidate in the primary, according to state Board of Elections spokesman John Conklin.
According to Conklin, Amedore won 63 write-in votes and Niccoli won 48. The endorsed Green Party candidate, Marina Karuma-Seales of Saugerties, received 12 votes. A single vote went to former Congressman Maurice Hinchey.
Amedore will carry the Republican, Conservative, Independence and Reform party lines in the November elections. Niccoli will carry the Democratic, Working Families Party and Women’s Equality Party lines.
The New York Green Party platform has several planks that some may not consider traditional Republican issues, such as public divestment in fossil fuels, criminalization of hydraulic fracturing and public financing of campaigns.
Gloria Mattera, co-chair of the Green Party of New York, blasted Amedore for picking up their party line and saying he “has a terrible record on the environment.”
“The Green Party of New York not only does not support George Amedore as a candidate on our ballot line but we condemn him for engaging in deceiving registered Greens in AD-46 by using the arcane ballot law of Opportunity to Ballot to steal our party line,” Mattera said in an email.
An “opportunity to ballot,” or OTB, creates a primary election when there otherwise would not have been one, allowing voters the ability to write in a candidate’s name in a primary to secure a party line.
“OTB is another rule in New York’s election law that has been crafted and used by both the Democratic and Republican parties to maintain the two party cartel in this state,” Mattera said. “This is why the Green Party is opposed to fusion voting which is only allowed in a handful of states. We ask good government groups to add their voice to opposing ballot access laws that suppress voter choice.”
Mattera said the Democratic Party candidate — Niccoli — “also engaged in this ballot-stealing practice but this time around their candidate did not win out.” Mattera said neither candidate deserved the Green Party line.
Amedore is running for a second term as senator in the 46th Senate District, which includes part of Ulster County.