It’s Official: We have enough signatures!
City Forced to Concede on Signatures – Now Only the Legal Challenge Stands in Our Way
Just $1,000 to Go to Fund Our Litigation – Chip In if You Can!
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 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 challenge.
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.
Thanks to the generous donations of so many supporters, we are now just $1,000 shy of what we need to cover our litigation costs. If you can, please chip in to help us cross the finish line by tomorrow. We thank you for your generous support!
Volunteer to Review Signatures on 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 to lend a hand?!
If you know you’ll be free and you’d like to lend a hand, please RSVP simply by visiting our contact page. Thank you for offering your time and energy!