Libertarians to Defend Ballot Position Against Republican Challenge in Court Friday

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Incumbent Marcellino filed suit alleging fraudulent signatures

The continuing legal battle for the New York State Senate's Fifth District returns to court this morning, with a hearing at 9:30AM in the Nassau County Supreme Court. The matter is Index Number 8640/14 in the Supreme Court of the State of New York. At issue is whether or not Georgina "Gigi" Bowman will appear on the ballot this November 4th. The New York State Board of Election clerks' report has stated Ms. Bowman has more than enough signatures to have a spot on the Libertarian line. Republican incumbent Carl Marcellino filed a lawsuit alleging fraudulent petitions and Bowman's campaign will contest those objections in court today.

The suit is based on objections filed by 3 of Senator Marcellio's paid staffers, Robert Conte, Mary Anne Hicks and Kathy Wilson. Conte, Hicks and Wilson all appear as Marcellino employees in NY Senate Payroll Report.

Ms. Bowman's campaign shared a petition with current New York gubernatorial candidate Michael McDermott, who has already been approved for the ballot with the same signatures being disputed in papers filed by Suffolk Attorney John Ciampoli. The Libertarian Party of New York's longtime attorney, Gary Donoyan is representing Ms. Bowman in the case, with support from lawyer and Party Chair Mark Axinn.

Ms. Bowman has been a member of the Libertarian Party for several years, and is its endorsed candidate in the Fifth District race. She has been extremely vocal in her criticism of the incumbent and his policies, as well as his vote to help enact the SAFE Act restricting firearm ownership and magazine capacity inside New York state borders.

In addition, the New York State Board of Elections Commissioners will meet at noon today in Albany, to decide whether to accept or reject the board's clerk report.

All in all, a very tense and nerve-wracking day looks to be in store for both the Republican and Libertarian State Senate campaigns.

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