BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — The Erie County Board of Elections was hard at work Thursday as several hearings were scheduled for Buffalo School Board candidates.
Buffalo School Board President, James Sampson, has been knocked off the May ballot after the Board of Elections ruled he didn’t collect enough valid signatures.
“Some of his signatures were eliminated, but the fact of the matter is, his attorney that was at the meeting did not have enough signatures to challenge our work in order to put those signatures back on so he basically sort of conceded at this point there’s not enough signatures there to put him on the ballot,” said Len Lenihan, BOE Commissioner.
Sampson will now need to decide if he wants to take action in court. He can go to State Supreme Court to try to overturn the ruling from the Board of Elections and get back on the ballot.
Sampson said he will be evaluating everything over the next few days to decide whether he’ll go to court or not. He said whatever the decision is, he’ll look back with a great deal of pride over his last three years as president.
Meanwhile, another candidate could be off the ballot as well.
Morth District incumbent, Jason McCarthy, will head to State Supreme Court after he said the teacher’s union challenged his petition. McCarthy told News 4 the union is trying to throw off the majority.
“His petitions have been validated, but by just ten signatures, so he’s got literally the minimum of what he needs to continue, he’s just ten over,” said Lenihan.
Both Sampson and McCarthy make up the board’s 5-4 majority. If either one is ineligible to run, it would break up the majority bloc.
So far, out of 12 candidates, only two have been thrown off the ballot.