Judge reserves decision on DA petitions

Staff Writer
The Chronicle Express

New York State Supreme Court Judge John Ark heard arguments Monday in the two complaints filed against Yates County Board of Elections Commissioners regarding the commissioner’s decisions about objections to political petitions. The petitions had been filed by District Attorney hopeful Todd Casella, and the objections were filed by Penelope Marchionda, who is connected to Yates County District Attorney Valerie Gardner’s re-election campaign.

Casella is an assistant district attorney in Steuben County who is seeking a spot on the September primary ballot and the November general election ballot to challenge Gardner.

Yates County Attorney Scott Falvey says Ark has reserved his decision. The commissioners were hopeful Ark would rule in time to finalize the military primary ballots, which must be mailed Friday, Aug. 11.

Marchionda objected to Casella’s Republican, Independence, and Reform petitions. The commissioners found in favor of Marchionda’s objections to the Independence and Reform petitions, but did not rule on the Republican petition objection. Marchionda is asking Ark to rule on the validity of the Republican petitions. Casella is asking Ark to overrule the commissioner’s decision on the Independence and Reform petitions.