A state assemblywoman may be barred from in search of re-election as a result of she failed to incorporate a canopy sheet along with her newest paperwork, sources instructed The Post.
Rebecca Seawright, who represents 133,000 constituents within the 76th District on the Upper East Side and Roosevelt Island, failed to incorporate the quilt sheet when she submitted her petitions confirming that she had collected sufficient Democratic voter signatures to get on the poll, the sources mentioned.
She additionally didn’t have a signed “certificates of acceptance” to permit her to run beneath the Working Families Party, they mentioned.
Seawright may be prevented from working for re-election within the seat she has held since 2014 as a result of the Board of Elections’ authorized workers is recommending she be knocked off the poll for the violation, the sources mentioned.
The board is because of hear her case on Tuesday.
Her opponent, Republican Lou Puliafito, has additionally filed a authorized problem in Manhattan Supreme Court to forestall her from working.
“Theoretically, that is one thing that’s not curable. If board members comply with the legislation, Seawright is in hassle,” mentioned one board member, who requested anonymity in order to not be accused of prejudging the lawmaker’s case.
“It’s very uncommon for one thing like this to occur to an incumbent,” the member mentioned of Seawright’s errors.
Seawright missed some essential time through the petition gathering interval final month as a result of she was in poor health with what her marketing campaign says have been “Covid-like signs,” however nonetheless comfortably received greater than sufficient signatures to get on the poll, the sources say.
Although she didn’t have the virus, it may be her one hope for salvation, if officers resolve to calm down the often strict laws due to the chaos the pandemic has triggered, the sources say.
Insiders level out that different laws have been relaxed, together with the variety of signatures required to get on the poll. The minimal was decreased from 500 to 150.
“You can’t underestimate the COVID pandemic for our lives generally,” the supply on the board mentioned.
In a press release to The Post, Seawright’s marketing campaign mentioned: “Like so many New Yorkers upended by the Covid-19 pandemic, Rebecca contracted an infectious and contagious virus with Covid-like signs and was positioned beneath docs’ care exactly on the time the submitting was due.”
“Assemblymember Seawright . . . has retained authorized counsel to make sure that each voice is heard. Voters from the Upper East Side, Yorkville and Roosevelt Island should not be denied their proper to contemplate her candidacy on the Democratic Party line within the June 23 main elections,” it continued.
Puliafito, 62, mentioned “there’s no excuse” for Seawright to not file her cowl sheet along with her petitions.
“Seawright had the Democratic machine behind her. She may have reached out to somebody to assist her,” Puliafito mentioned.
“It’s a disgrace that she was sick however that’s no excuse for her to not delegate somebody to do it for her. She handed in her voter signatures to the election board didn’t she?”
Puliafito, an house constructing doorman, additionally mentioned he too was self-quarantined with COVID-like signs from March 24 to April 15