Poquott Mayor Dolores Parrish and three other village board candidates may be removed from June 21 election ballot after a state judge on Wednesday formally threw out their nominating petitions.
State Supreme Court Judge W. Gerard Asher in Riverhead denied a motion filed by Parrish’s attorney asking the judge to dismiss court papers seeking to keep the four candidates off the ballot. Parrish’s attorney, Robert Lifson of Islandia, had argued that the papers seeking to remove his clients from the ballot had lacked information such as filing numbers, dates and court addresses.
Former Mayor Barbara Donovan, who is seeking to unseat Parrish, and Donovan’s running mates, trustee candidates Joan Hubbard and Michael Schaefer, had filed the court papers last month alleging that Parrish, Trustee Sandra Nicoletti and trustee candidates John Mastauskas and Gary Garofano had filed candidate petitions that contained errors such as illegible signatures.
Lifson said last week that Parrish, Garofano, Mastauskas and Nicoletti would not fight the allegations. Lifson said in an email Wednesday they will “review the decision and weigh their options.”
The four candidates have said they plan to run write-in campaigns if they do not appear on the ballot.