Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders has filed 80,000 signatures for New York’s April 19 Democratic primary, creating the second virtual tie this week after Iowa — this time in the number of signatures that supporters of the Vermont senator and of Hillary Clinton say they filed in the state.
George Albro, who recruited Sanders delegates, said what made their effort so impressive is that this was all done by volunteers and with a single paid petition staffer statewide.
“It’s a terrible omen for them [the Clinton forces] because they had the entire political establishment working for them, since she lives here,” said Albro. “It also means there are great prospects for us. The diversity of people who volunteered was amazing.” Albro, who heads a group called NY Labor for Sanders, said that in Ulster County, Sanders supporters brought in 5,000 signatures from 200 volunteers “in an area not known for its liberality.”
To qualify for the primary ballot, Democratic presidential contenders need a minimum of 5,000 signatures, as well as 500 signatures from each of the state’s 27 congressional districts to field delegate slates.
Albro said Sanders had 1,500 to 2,000 signatures in each of the four congressional districts within Nassau and Suffolk, as well as a fifth district that is largely in Queens but includes a small part of Nassau’s South Shore. Among the local Sanders delegate candidates is Brian Schneck, president of the United Auto Workers Local 259, and Dennis Traynor, vice president of Communications Workers of America District 1.