Metzger campaign challenges Malick’s independent petition

State Senate candidate Jen Metzger’s campaign announced Tuesday that it had filed objections to fellow Democrat Pramilla Malick’s independent petition for the 42nd Senate District that allege that more than a third of its signatures were invalid or had flaws that could disqualify them.

Metzger’s campaign manager, Kelleigh McKenzie, said in a press release that almost 900 people who signed Malick’s “Stop Corruption Party” petition last month live outside the district or were ineligible to sign because they weren’t registered to vote. Another 100 signed the petition twice, or were ineligible because they previously signed a petition for Metzger or Republican Senate candidate Annie Rabbitt, while 350 others names came with “missing or incomplete information,” McKenzie said.

“This is not a technical objection,” Metzger, a Rosendale town councilwoman, said in a statement. “The petition simply does not contain enough signatures from registered voters in the district.”

Malick, an environmental activist from Minisink who’s competing with Metzger in a Democratic primary on Sept. 13, needed at least 3,000 signatures and had 3,342 in her petition, according to the state Board of Elections. The board must now weigh the objections and decide on the validity of the petition, which could guarantee Malick a spot on the general election ballot.

In her own statement on Tuesday, Malick argued that corruption was the root cause of New York’s public policy problems, and said a “Stop Corruption” ballot line would best represent her values and what she hopes to accomplish in Albany. She predicted she would overcome the petition challenge, just as she won an earlier effort to invalidate her petition to force a write-in primary for the Reform Party line next week.

“I’m confident that just like we did in their last challenge, we will win this one too,” Malick said. ”And come September we will win the endorsement of the voters.”

Campaign finance reports filed Tuesday show Metzger remained well ahead of both Malick and Rabbitt in fundraising as of Aug. 31. Metzger had raised around $40,000 in the prior three weeks and had about $217,000 on hand after expenses. Malick had taken in almost $4,000 and had less than $3,000 in her coffers. Rabbitt took in about $13,000 and had over $94,000 on hand.

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