GREENBURGH, N.Y. - A New York State Supreme Court justice dismissed a challenge to candidate Bob Bernstein's designating petition filings for the Democratic Party nomination Wednesday, clearing him to run against Town Supervisor Paul Feiner, who made the challenge.
Feiner alleged that Bernstein should be removed from the ballot on grounds of that the challenger's petitions used the name “Bob.” State election law allows nicknames such as “Bob” and a formal opinion of the state board of elections states using the name “Bob” for “Robert” is acceptable. Bernstein, who is the Democratic Party Committee's candidate for the fall election, will run against Feiner in the Sept. 10 Democratic Primary. “(Wednesday's) ruling means Greenburgh Democrats will have a choice on September 10, and an opportunity to discuss the real issues plaguing the Town under Paul’s 22-year reign of error,” Bernstein said. Paul’s constant mismanagement of the Town has cost taxpayers millions of dollars and its time voters had a chance to say ‘enough is enough.’”
New York State election law requires candidates to collect signatures from at least 1,000 registered Democrats and file them with the Board of Elections in White Plains.
Bernstein's submitted a total of 1,529 si gnatures in support of its endorsed candidates, while Feiner filed 4,000 petitions with the Elections Board on July 10.
According to Bernstein's campaign, the court’s action followed two and a half days of testimony in which there was never any evidence introduced to show fraud of any kind by Bernstein.