After claiming the petition submitted on July 3rd
had only 27,892 valid signatures - 2,108 short of the 30,000 threshold -
the City has finally conceded that we have enough signatures, paving
the way for the anticipated battle over the petition's legality.
The great news came on Friday afternoon as we were about to head into the weekend unsure whether the line-by-line review scheduled to begin on Monday
morning would indeed go forward. But, as expected, the line-by-line
review was called off after the City acknowledged that it would be a
waste of the court's time and resources.
In reality, the City's
challenge of the signatures was meant to test and stretch our resources,
with a chance that we wouldn't be able to respond and the petition
would be thrown out without having to litigate the petition's legality.
But we rose to the challenge, thanks entirely to the 20+ volunteers who
came out to help with the signature review. As a result of their hard
work, the only thing standing in our way now is the City's legal
To win this battle, we have on our
side one of New York City's top election attorneys, Leo Glickman of
Stoll, Glickman & Bellina, LLP. Mr. Glickman and his firm have been
working around the clock - and at a significantly reduced rate - to make
sure we have the best possible chance of prevailing against the City.
Volunteer to Review Signatures September 25th and 26th
The City Clerk is required to respond by September 24th
as to whether the second petition has at least 15,000 valid signatures.
If the City once again claims that we have less than the required
number, we will need to review the challenged signatures immediately and
quickly, with the October 3rd
cutoff date just a week later. To accomplish this task we need to have a
team of 20 volunteers on standby to review signatures on Thursday, September 25th and Friday, September 26th. Can you make it to the Board of Elections on either of those days?!
If you'd like to lend a hand, please RSVP simply by replying to this email or by visiting our contact page. Thank you for offering your time and energy!