Tag Archive: New York State

Jul 15 2013

Multiple Challenges Filed Against Queens Candidates

One of the more interesting points of NYC electoral law is the ability to challenge a candidate’s designating petitions, and this year no one is above suspicion.

Following an initial set of general objections, which you can view below, ‘specs’ must be filed for the next round of challenges which include a line by line audit for compliance using an ultra complicated list of requirements.

Objections are always strategic. With the low minimum requirement of signatures for Council candidates as required by law this year, it is more feasible to stop their name from appearing on the ballot than, say, for Mayor or Borough Prez due to the volume of signatures and the small window allotted to file such objections. This is why candidates typically collect 3-4 times the minimum required because in all reality, none of them are perfect. Wise candidates will let their electoral attorney loose (along with a few good interns) to knock the opposition off the ballot.

Check out the official ledger below. Click to enlarge. More to follow.


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Jul 15 2012

This is the offical record of objections for the Queens Democratic Primary

I challenge you!

Through ojections we can help assure that our elections are reliable and that candidates have met the legal requirements for ballot access in New York State.

Take a moment and skim through the record, it’s very revealing.



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Mar 22 2012

Disorder in politics brings no objections

It’s petition time and those big green sheets that won’t fit in a folder will be circulating throughout Queens. Take a look at the vacancy appointments.

What is a committee to fill a vacancy? Typically candidates can name a committee and list them on their designating petition, which is the green form where candidates collect signatures for ballot access. If something happens to the candidate i.e illness, arrest or declining to accept etc. the committee will make a decision to appoint any registered Democrat (pursuant to residency requirements) to run in the candidate’s absence – even after the petitions have been collected and successfully filed under the candidate’s name. There is a small time frame where this can be accomplished, according to a source at the Board of Elections.

In other words, if Candidate X gets on the ballot, but gets sick or says I don’t want this to happen, their committee will pick someone to replace Candidate X and they won’t have to recollect the signatures. It’s sort of an insurance policy, like a failsafe to safeguard ballot access and all that hard work collecting signatures.

Pop Quiz, what do each of the committee members have in common with each other?

If you know the answer, we’ll give you a shout out in the next article.

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Oct 05 2011

Queens-Politics Gets Props From Independence Party

NYS Independence Party Chairman Frank MacKay thinks Queens-Politics is the future of local politics.

It may not be breaking news, but word is spreading quickly throughout political circles about Queens-Politics.

Frank MacKay, Chairman of The National and NYS Independence Party, and host of Turning Point With Frank MacKay introduces me with a warm round of applause. Ok, not exactly breaking news, but it feels nice to be recognized. A valuable lesson for all you politicos out there.

A Warm Welcome By Frank MacKay


* It’s in m4v Iphone format. Email me if you can’t see it.

Frank M. MacKay

Frank MacKay’s career in public relations, entertainment and politics spans two decades and encompasses a diversity of fields of work. In 1985, at the age of 18, he published his first music publication, “Network”, which fast became a hit among music business insiders, musicians and their fans. Throughout the next ten years, MacKay built a significant following in the music industry as a band and club promoter. By the age of 25, he had launched three nightclubs known as Dr. Shay’s and managed entertainers such as Criss Angel and the rock band Los Gusanos, featuring CJ Ramone. MacKay has a large presence on the websiteMySpace: http://www.myspace.com/frankmackay.

MacKay was always an avid student of politics, and early in his career in entertainment he helped club-goers register to vote by the hundreds. In 1995, be became a key organizer in Ross Perot’s run for the Presidency and became active in local third party politics. By the year 2000, at the age of 31, MacKay became the youngest State Chairman of a political party in New York State history, and has been re-elected as State Chair of the Independence Party of New York six times. The Independence Party has grown significantly under his leadership – it is the largest third party political organization in the nation with more than 400,000 members.

In 2007, Mackay was also elected to the position of Chairman of the Independence Party of America.

His success in entertainment and politics has been widely reported; MacKay has appeared in hundreds of national, state and local publications and has developed a niche audience among young political activists. Newsday’s political correspondent, Rick Brand, has also described MacKay as “a political alchemist” for his uncanny ability to galvanize support for unknown candidates for public office – and help them win. As a public relations specialist, MacKay has helped his clients gain significant exposure with the public, and among his vast network of friends and associates.

Frank MacKay resides in New York with his wife, Kristin, and four children. He serves as a Member of the Board of Governors for the Touro Law Center, holds a Master’s degree from SUNY, Stony Brook and a Bachelor’s degree from Empire State College. He was also awarded an Honorary Doctorate in 2008 from Five Towns College for his accomplishments in business and politics.

-Independence Party website.

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