Jerry Goldfeder, the election attorney who most recently worked for Andrew Cuomo, just won a
court case decision from the city Board of Elections, where he was representing the Democratic Party of Staten Island. The organization’s petitions for the judicial race in the borough had been challenged by Republicans.
It’s a countywide seat, and among the Democratic candidates is Judith McMahon, wife of City Councilman Mike McMahon, the Democratic candidate the party is backing in the district’s Congressional race. (Steve Harrison is also running in the primary).
court B.O.E. decision paves the way for the judicial election to proceed, pitting Judith McMahon against Republican Joseph Maltese.
Here’s the legal explanation of the court ruling, from the press release sent by Goldfeder’s new firm, Stroock, Stroock, & Lavan:
Mr. Goldfeder explained, “The Richmond Democrats were compelled by law to circulate and file petitions for the existing Judicial District.”
This victory is significant in that the Democratic Party will be able to hold its Supreme Court Judicial Nominating Convention in the fall.