State Senate candidate ?Adrienne Esposito won't be running on the Women's Equality line in November, a judge ruled Wednesday.
State Supreme Court Judge Joseph Santorelli ruled in favor of Republican Tom Croci's challenge to Esposito's attempt to run on the newly formed minor party line because she failed to collect enough valid signatures. The Suffolk Board of Elections had found that of the 4,238 signatures Esposito filed, only 1,993 were valid. Esposito, an unaffiliated voter running on the Democratic, Working Families and Green Party lines, needed 3,000 signatures to qualify.
Islip Supervisor Croci is running with the Republican, Conservative and Independence lines.
Santorelli ruled that a majority of the signatures listed a wrong address or lived outside of the 3rd Senate District.
Croci spokeswoman Christine Geed applauded the decision. "This was a cheap attempt to swindle honest voters out of their votes," she said.
Esposito's campaign accused Croci of trying to block women's rights by challenging the party. "Esposito believes in women's equality and she will never stop fighting for pay equity, stronger sexual harassment laws, and a woman's right to make her own health care decisions," spokesman Mike Fricchione said.