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Letter: Ballot hurdles not in judge's hands

Huntington Town Hall in an undated photo.

Huntington Town Hall in an undated photo. Photo Credit: Alexi Knock

I write in response to the letter to the editor, "Judge eliminates two worthy candidates" [Aug. 16], concerning the removal of two Democratic candidates from the primary process for Huntington Town Board.

As the state Supreme Court justice assigned to adjudicate this matter, I did not remove the first candidate, Andrew Merola. His petitions were found to be insufficient by the Suffolk County Board of Elections, and he did not challenge that finding. I had nothing to do with it.

As to candidate William Naughton, his petitions were challenged by two Huntington citizens, as is their right. The petitions fell below the required number of signatures to qualify for the ballot. The rulings I made on challenged signatures were based on state election law as codified and as interpreted by higher courts.

If you don't like the laws of the state, petition your representatives to change those laws. Don't malign a judge who simply applies those laws.

Arthur G. Pitts, Riverhead

Editor's note: The writer has been a Superior Court judge in New York for more than 22 years.