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Croton GOP Candidates Lose Republican Party Line

February 14, 2007

This week the Westchester County Board of Elections ruled unanimously to invalidate the results of the Croton Republican Committee nominating caucuses. The result is that the candidates for Mayor and Trustee will not appear on the ballot under a Republican Party line on election day, March 20, 2007.

In response to an objection filed by a Croton Democrat, on February 13, 2007, the Board of Elections issued a letter reflecting the unanimous decision of both the Republican and Democratic Commissioners. It stated in part: “…the certificates are invalid based on non-notice of the Republican caucus at the Board of Elections (§15-108c). The above mentioned candidates will not appear on the ballot for the upcoming Croton on Hudson Village election.”

“We believe that political parties have an obligation to ensure that elections are run fairly according to the rules and that’s why we filed an objection.” said Paul Rolnick, Democratic Committee chair, “While the Republican candidates may try to blame others, the fact is that they have only themselves to blame for their predicament. How can candidates who can’t follow simple election rules handle a $15 million village budget and all the complexities which go with managing village government?”

Following an improperly announced and recorded Independence party caucus held by only 2 party members in 2006 to nominate the GOP slate, Croton Democrats determined they needed to watch this year’s process very carefully. On January 25, 2007, the local Democrats had written the Village Clerk and County Board of Elections to go on the record that neither the Croton Republican Caucus nor the Independence Party filed, posted or published notices of their respective caucus as required by Chapter §15-108-2c of the Election Law. In reply, the Board of Elections issued a split decision, essentially stating the objection had been filed prematurely, before the actual nominating caucuses had been held and the resulting paperwork had been filed. The objection and the Board’s split decision were distributed to the Republican and Democratic committees.

Unbeknownst to the local Democrats, an Independence Party member also challenged the legality of the 2007 Independence Caucus in Croton held to nominate the GOP slate. The Westchester Integrity Committee has been a county wide watchdog effort to avoid co-opting of the Independence Party. As of the filing deadline, no Independence Party nominations had been filed. Therefore, no Independence Party line will appear on the March 2007 ballot.

On Friday, February 2, 2007, once the local Republican Committee submitted its caucus results, the Croton Democrats filed an official objection to the Republican Caucus for what state law terms “fatal flaws.” The principal errors cited were lack of adequate notice to the public of the caucus’s time and place, a fundamental requirement in state election law.

“No one has been disenfranchised here,” said John Harbeson, Democratic Committee vice-chair, “Voters who want to vote for Greg, Tom, or Susan can certainly do so on their Alliance Party line. The point is that preserving the integrity of democratic elections depends crucially upon all parties adhering to the rules of the game. And enforcement of the rules depends upon the vigilance of the competing parties themselves.”

The Village ballot will now read as follows on March 20, 2007:

  • Line A Democratic candidates (Gallelli-Mayor, Odland-Trustee, Wiegman-Trustee)
  • Line B Croton Taxpayers candidates (Gallelli-Mayor, Odland-Trustee, Wiegman-Trustee)
  • Line C Alliance Party candidates (Schmidt-Mayor, Brennan-Trustee, Konig-Trustee)

For copies of the correspondence on this matter, see

On February 18, 2007 9:15 AM, waffels said:

wow….view the attached link above….this guy is a young, slick, scary individual….classic take no prisoners, Newt Gingrich freshman Republican….let’s hope his house of cards crumbles….

On February 17, 2007 10:32 PM, WestchesterIntegrityCommittee said:

Cavallo will regret suing The Westchester Guardian for $25 Million.

The Yonkers Insider does this editorial to look at the Cavallo lawsuit against Sam Zherka - Publisher, Richard Blassberg - Editor and The Westchester Guardian. Cavallo is trying to silence the media and silence the truth by this action. It is the opinion of the Yonkers Insider that this is a frivolous lawsuit being put forward by Cavallo, but it is one his worst moves yet! His backroom deals are coming to a crashing end. Zherka, Blassberg and The Westchester Guardian are fighting back by saying “Bring it On”. It will be interesting how Cavallo will pay his costs of litigation!

The Westchester Guardian plans to subpoena all Judges and elected office holders who received a cross-endorsement from Cavallo. Once these witnesses are allowed to testify, this will signal the end of Cavallo and his team. Cavallo will regret bringing this lawsuit forward, when this is over. Mr. Cavallo, the truth shall set you free and the Independence Party will be free at last from your corrupt group.

The Yonkers Insider stands 100% behind The Westchester Guardian, Zherka and Blassberg. This is about freedom of the press and the job of the press is to expose the likes of Cavallo and his team. I look forward to seeing the proceedings in this case with much delight, this should be added to his many defeats in Court, but this one will end up forcing people to run from Cavallo. Cavallo plays bully, but in reality he is scared of his own shadow and that shadow is obviously growing. The Yonkers Insider will continue to write the truth and is not afraid of the bully tactics of Cavallo. Bravo to the The Westchester Guardian, keep up the good work to uncover team corruption. To Yonkers Insider readers, get this week’s issue of The Westchester Guardian.


The Westchester Guardian, Sam Zherka and Richard Blassberg will crush Cavallo in this case. Secondly, Cavallo will wish he never filed this action

The Yonkers Insider

On February 16, 2007 4:17 PM, WestchesterIntegrityCommittee said:

NYS Board of Elections Delinquent Filers January Periodic 15 January 2007 Election Year 2007

C27621 Westchester Independence Club 25-Sep-06 Giulio Cavallo 6 Brookland Circle Bronxville, NY 10708

C27601 Westchester County Independence Party 22-Sept-06 Nivea Cavallo PO Box 126 Bronxville, NY 10708

C27622 Westchester County Independence Party - Housekeeping 25-Sept-06 Giulio Cavallo 6 Brookland Circle Bronxville, NY 10708

On February 16, 2007 8:49 AM, WestchesterIntegrityCommittee said:

There will be a new Independence Party leadership this year. Go to our web site and report political corruption in your town. Follow stories on political corruption @

On February 15, 2007 5:17 PM, weewill said:

This article about Greg Ball’s failure to file his financial report and Rob DeFrancesco’s alleged efforts to gain Independence endorsement for his candidacy sounds a lot like young Mr. DeFrancesco’s maneuvering and manipulation to obtain that same endorsement for Croton Republicans in the 2006 election cycle. In that effort he was aided by our very own Maria Cudequest and her mysterious partner, William Rooney.


On February 15, 2007 8:44 AM, WestchesterIntegrityCommittee said:

In response to sdavidson comment, we will find out if Mr. Ball, through Rob DiFrancesco, paid for the Independence Line for the 99th AD. We are keeping a close eye on this one and will make all contributions public once Cavallo files his disclosure as required by law. There are first hand, eye witnesses who saw an envelope handed to Giulio Cavallo at a Cavallo fundraiser. Cavallo allegedly commented, “You believe this guy, he was supossed to come up with 10K and only came up with 5K….”. Go to our web site and follow our reports on corruption around the county @ The Independence Line was pulled in Croton by our committee because of a violation of the election law; a gift for the Democrats. We however, will pursue all those individulas seeking the line from Giulio Cavallo. If you wish to seek the line, we encourage you to do it by the law, fair and square.

On February 15, 2007 12:48 AM, sdavidson said:

Rob DiFrancesco’s politics are obnoxious, and Greg Ball is, after James Oddo, my least favorite politican in New York. However, I don’t think that Rob is corrupt, as you seem to insinuate. He has always been nice to me even though he knows I am a liberal, and even after he came across some very unflattering remarks I made about Assemblyman Ball. I’d be very reluctant to think that Rob is operating in a deliberately unethical manner unless you can provide some actual proof.

On February 14, 2007 9:47 PM, WestchesterIntegrityCommittee said:

Rob DiFrancesco, great job your doing a GOP Chair in Croton. Republicans are dead becuase of the corruption that follows them around. Taking lessons from Doug Coltey from New Rochelle? Busy forgeting to file Greg Ball’s financials? Makes Greg look bad, especially when he speaks openly about ethics reform in front of the entire state legislature. We all look forward to seeing Cavallo’s financials to see who has paid for the Independence Line in 2006. Cavallo has not filed as required by law. The list is public information and will be made public on every blog and email contact. Hope the trail doesn’t lead back to you. Stay tuned.


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