Haggerty’s well-publicized legal troubles aren’t preventing him from arguing cases today at the New York City Board of Elections. Here’s Haggerty a few minutes ago before the 10-member board arguing with Vincent Tabone, the executive vice-chairman of the Queens Republican Party. Haggerty has long sought to overthrow the leadership of the party, which is run by Tabone and Queens GOP chairman Phil Ragusa.
According to Tabone, Haggerty, renowned for his prowess at ballot challenges, filed a slew against the Queens GOP’s candidates – even those that are running unopposed. The challenges were largely not successful, and ballot challenges for Queens races are now finished.
Haggerty made news recently when he showed up at the Board of Elections on behalf of Councilman Eric Ulrich’s campaign for Senate, and Ulrich later confirmed that Haggerty was serving as an adviser. That has been a point of attack for Ulrich’s Queens Republican rivals and seems likely to be as well for the Senate Democrats. The winner of a GOP primary between Ulrich and Juan Reyes will face Democratic State Sen. Joe Addabbo. But I don’t believe any specific objections were filed in that race.
Meanwhile, the Queens Republicans (the Ragusa faction) tried to kick Democratic State Sens. Tony Avella and Toby Ann Stavisky off the Independence Party lines. Renowned election lawyers Marty Connor, the former Senate minority leader, put on quite a show defending Stavisky’s petitions, yelling and pounding on his podium.
In the end, after lengthy wrangling, Connor was successful, and both Avella and Stavisky will remain on the ballot.
“He’s really earning his $30,000,” remarked one observer in the crowd.
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