Case: Puliafito v. Board of Elections in the City of New York

20-100432 | New York state trial court

Filed Date: 2020

Case Ongoing

Clearinghouse coding in progress

Case Summary

NOTE: This case is being tracked in close to real time by the Stanford/MIT Healthy Elections Project. So for information, see their tracker. According to their summary as of 09/06/2020, Seawright filed a petition designating her a candidate for the office of Member of the Assembly for the 76th District on the Democratic Party primary ballot. This petition required a cover sheet, which Seawright failed to file prior to the March 20 deadline. Seawright also filed a petition designating her a can…

NOTE: This case is being tracked in close to real time by the Stanford/MIT Healthy Elections Project. So for information, see their tracker.

According to their summary as of 09/06/2020,

Seawright filed a petition designating her a candidate for the office of Member of the Assembly for the 76th District on the Democratic Party primary ballot. This petition required a cover sheet, which Seawright failed to file prior to the March 20 deadline. Seawright also filed a petition designating her a candidate for the same office on the Working Families Party primary ballot, which petition required the filing of a certificate of acceptance. Seawright failed to file the certificate of acceptance prior to the March 24 deadline. The Board of Elections invalidated both petitions. Seawright commenced proceedings to validate the petitions. Puliafito, the Republican candidate for the same office, moved to intervene (which motion was granted). After a hearing, the NY Supreme Court granted Seawright's petition to validate her designating petitions. The Board of Elections and Puliafito appealed and the Appellate Division (First Department) unanimously affirmed the Supreme Court's decision; however, the Court of Appeals reversed the decision, denying Seawright's petitions to validate and granting Puliafito's petitions to invalidate (and resolved a departmental split as to whether the late filing of a portion of a designating petition (e.g., a cover sheet, a certificate of acceptance) constitutes a fatal defect that invalidates such a petition).

People


Judge(s)

Annexstein, Leslie T. (New York)

DiFiore, Janet (New York)

Edmead, Carol (New York)

Fahey, Eugene M (New York)

Feinman, Paul G (New York)

Garcia, Michael J. (New York)

Rivera, Jenny (New York)

Wilson, Rowan D (New York)

Attorneys(s) for Plaintiff

Glaser, Ezra B. (New York)

Reiser, Peter Jacques (New York)

Judge(s)

Annexstein, Leslie T. (New York)

DiFiore, Janet (New York)

Edmead, Carol (New York)

Fahey, Eugene M (New York)

Feinman, Paul G (New York)

Garcia, Michael J. (New York)

Rivera, Jenny (New York)

Wilson, Rowan D (New York)

Attorneys(s) for Plaintiff

Glaser, Ezra B. (New York)

Reiser, Peter Jacques (New York)

Attorneys(s) for Defendant

Kitzinger, Stephen Edward (New York)

Soumas, Gregory Charles (New York)

Documents in the Clearinghouse

Document

Decision + Order on Motion

May 5, 2020 Order/Opinion

[Untitled]

Seawright v. Board of Elections in the City of New York

New York state appellate court

May 14, 2020 Order/Opinion

Opinion

Seawright v. Board of Elections in the City of New York

New York state supreme court

May 21, 2020 Order/Opinion

Resources

Title Description External URL

Puliafito v. Bd. of Elections in the City of NY

Stanford-MIT Healthy Elections Project

Seawright filed a petition designating her a candidate for the office of Member of the Assembly for the 76th District on the Democratic Party primary ballot. This petition required a cover sheet, whi… Sept. 6, 2020 https://healthyelections-case-tracker.stanford.edu/...

Docket

Last updated May 11, 2022, 8 p.m.

Docket sheet not available via the Clearinghouse.

State / Territory: New York

Case Type(s):

Election/Voting Rights

Special Collection(s):

COVID-19 (novel coronavirus)

Healthy Elections COVID litigation tracker

Key Dates

Filing Date: 2020

Case Ongoing: Yes