Democratic delegates sue NYS Democratic Committee to void Cuomo election as chair of NY delegation

By LOUIS FLORES

Twenty-two Delegates to the 2016 Democratic National Convention scheduled for later this month in Philadelphia, PA, have filed a lawsuit in Manhattan Supreme Court seeking a Court order to void the election of Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D-New York) as chair of the New York State Delegation to convention.

At a meeting of Delegates of the New York State Democratic Committee to the 2016 convention on 21 June, the Delegates were supposed to elect the Chair of the Delegation, and the Plaintiffs in the lawsuit alleged misconduct took place during that meeting, according to Verified Petition filed in Manhattan Supreme Court.

New York State Democratic Committee Vice Chair Christine Quinn allegedly allowed Michael Reich, counsel to the New York State Democratic Party, to take control of the election meeting without the consent of the body of Delegates, according to the Verified Petiton. Mr. Reich then proceeded to conduct a manufactured nomination of and vote for Gov. Cuomo to serve as Chair of the New York State Delegation to the 2016 convention, ignoring an announcement by Jay Bellanca, a Delgate present for the vote, of a competing nomination, according to the Verified Petition. Despite Mr. Bellanca's announcement, Mr. Reich called for a vote for Gov. Cuomo, which allegedly passed by voice vote, ignoring the protestation of Nomiki Konst, another Delegate present for the vote.

The room in which the election meeting took place included individuals, who were not Convention Delegates, confusing the taking of the voice vote for Gov. Cuomo, according to the Verified Petition.

Besides seeking the voiding of the vote that elected Gov. Cuomo as chair of the New York State Delegation to the 2016 convention, the twenty-two Plaintiffs also seek a Court order for a new election meeting prior to the start of the 2016 convention at which the Delegates will seek the rightful election of a Chair, according to the Verified Petition.

The Plaintiffs are represented by Arthur Schwartz and Diane Flood Taylor.

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