Tonawanda News — A state senate candidate has filed suit in state supreme court in Niagara County in an effort to knock a challenger off the Sept. 13 primary election ballot — and while she’s at it, maybe deliver a shiner to her main foe, veteran state Sen. George Maziarz, R-Newfane.
Her opponent responded by saying he’s confident Witryol’s challenge won’t hold up when measured against current state election law and reviewed by a judge.
Amy Hope Witryol, the Democratic candidate for 62nd District senate, filed a verified petition in court Friday, contesting designating petitions filed by Timothy D. Moriarty of Sweeney Street, North Tonawanda, who, like her, is seeking to obtain the Working Families party line in the upcoming senate race.
Moriarty is a registered member of the Working Families party, but his petitions are not valid and, further, they’re proof of the “Maziarz political machine in Niagara County,” Witryol charged in a written statement.
Upon inspection, Witryol said she found that Moriarty’s petitions were carried by Republicans and county officials who affiliate with the Niagara County GOP, including: Glenn Aronow, a Maziarz Senate staff member; Patti Weiss, a member of the county GOP executive committee; James Sobczyk, the county auditor and former county legislature clerk; Michael Carney, deputy GOP election commissioner; and county Legislator Tony Nemi, an Independence party member who caucuses with the GOP majority.
Moriarty did not carry any petitions himself, according to the witness statement section of each sheet.
And the committee are invalid, Witryol’s suit alleges, because they list a “committee to fill vacancies” that is not composed of at least three Working Families party members as required under state election law.
Petitions are required to include a “Committee to Fill Vacancies” which determines a replacement for the candidate named on the petition should that candidate withdraw for any reason. The law requires the committee be composed of at least three members of the petition party.