Diamondstone Reinstated

Ken Diamondstone was reinstated to the ballot today in the race for Brooklyn’s 25th senate district after a week’s worth of court appearances. He will face Marty Connor in the primary September 12.

Stay tuned for more as we hear back from both candidates.

—Nicole Brydson

UPDATE: Diamondstone press release after the jump.

Ken Diamondstone was reinstated to the ballot today in the race for Brooklyn’s 25th senate district after a week’s worth of court appearances. He will face Marty Connor in the primary September 12.

Stay tuned for more as we hear back from both candidates.

—Nicole Brydson

UPDATE: Diamondstone press release after the jump.

Ken Diamondstone Successfully Fends Off Opponent’s Attempt to Limit His Access To Ballot

State Supreme Court Rules to Reinstate Diamondstone on Ballot; Finds Residency Challenge from Senator Connor to be Specious and Unfounded

AUGUST 11, 2006, BROOKLYN, NEW YORK – The New York State Supreme Court ruled today that Ken Diamondstone, candidate for the 25th state senate district, is legally eligible to appear on the ballot as a candidate in the primary and general elections. Diamondstone had been challenged by his opponent Martin Connor, not on the issues and needs of the constituents, but rather by trying to limit Diamondstone’s access to the ballot through legal action.

“My opponent’s attempt to block my access to the ballot was an act of desperation,” said Diamondstone. “The court decision proves that this type of action is not only unethical and undemocratic, but that, ultimately, the Board of Elections overstepped their bounds in removing me from the ballot. This entire process was a tremendous waste of time, money and resources and a perfect example of why we need immediate reform in Albany.”

This action was business as usual for Martin Connor and is another installment in a long line of unethical and undemocratic actions that prove he is part of the problem in Albany. From misusing campaign funds to buy a car, to making a living on a legal practice devoted to knocking candidates off the ballot, Connor represents the worst of what is wrong in Albany.

Diamondstone proved in court that he moved into the district before the legal deadline of November 7, 2003 through testimony and evidence such as a lease signed for November 1, 2003 and a receipt from Ken’s landlord showing payment for the apartment for the same date.

Diamondstone continued, “The 25th district deserves a state senator who is committed to reform in Albany–no one should have to go through what I did simply to gain access to the ballot. This election is a clear indication of the dire need for campaign and election reform to ensure that campaigns are about new ideas to improve our community. These reforms should include independent commissions for redistricting, campaign finance reform, and a fair process for access to the ballot.”

“I expect Senator Connor to honor the ruling and join me in a race that engages the community. This election should be judged in the court of public opinion. I plan to refocus all my energies to a campaign based on the issues.”