Newburgh Councilwoman Gay Lee renews mayoral quest as independent

Newburgh Councilwoman Gay Lee is not ending her mayoral quest.

Lee met the Aug. 18 deadline to file an independent nominating petition after having her signatures for the Democratic, Independence and Green parties ruled invalid by the Orange County Board of Elections.

Lee began collecting the required 135 independent signatures after she failed to meet a deadline to challenge the elections board’s invalidation of 483 of the 660 signatures she submitted on her Democratic petition.

The board had invalidated the petition after a challenge by mayoral candidate Jonathan Jacobson. On Aug. 4 Westchester County Supreme Court Judge Sam Walker ruled that Lee’s challenge was filed July 31 instead of the required July 30.

Lee is seeking the mayor’s seat along with Jacobson, incumbent Judy Kennedy and activist Omari Shakur.

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