Saturday, August 15, 2009

Judge rules Sprague petition for Essex County DA valid

KIM SMITH DEDAM - Press Republican - August 15, 2009

ELIZABETHTOWN — Supreme Court Justice Robert J. Muller dismissed a legal challenge brought against Essex County Board of Elections and Kristy L. Sprague, ruling petitions filed in her campaign for district attorney are valid.

The decision Friday afternoon says "while she must be a resident of Essex County when the general election takes place on Nov. 3, 2009, there is no requirement that she be a resident of the County now."

The only requirement imposed by Election Law, the judge said, "is that the candidate be a resident at the time of election," citing several legal precedents, among them case brought by Sprague's attorney John Ciampoli last year.

Five registered Republicans — Barbara Kreiger, Gregory Krieger, Judith Martin, Malcolm Martin and Nancy Dawson — filed the lawsuit two weeks ago, listing Julie Garcia as aggrieved candidate on the petition.

They claimed because Sprague lives in Plattsburgh, she is not eligible to run for office in Essex County.

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Judge rules Sprague petition for Essex County DA valid

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