The New York State Supreme Court ruled in favor of Todd Casella in attempts to remove him from the ballot in this year’s election for Yates County District Attorney.
Monday’s ruling means that Casella will be on the ballot for the September 12th Republican Primary Election, and on the ballot on the Independence and Reform lines for the November 7th General Election. He will face incumbent District Attorney Valerie Gardner.
State Supreme Court Judge John Ark had earlier reserved decision in complaints filed by resident Penepole Marchionda, who objected to the current Steuben County ADA’s Reform, Independence and Republican party petitions. The Yates County Board of Elections Commissioners ruled in favor of Marchionda’s objections to Casella’s Reform and Independence petitions, but did not rule on the GOP objection.
In a statement released by his campaign Monday, Casella said, “this is not only a great victory for me, but a great victory for the democratic process and the people of Yates County.”
The entire statement from the campaign is below:
(Rochester, NY) Today the New York State Supreme Court ruled in favor of Todd Casella and against Valerie Gardner’s attempts to remove him from the ballot in this year’s election for Yates County District Attorney. The ruling means that Casella will be on the ballot for the September 12th Republican Primary Election, and on the ballot on the Independence and Reform lines for the November 7th General Election.
“It’s pretty simple: The voters of Yates County deserve a choice,” said Casella in reaction to the ruling. “Valerie Gardner has gone to great lengths to try to remove me from the ballot. You have to wonder why she’s trying everything she can to avoid facing the voters on Election Day. This is not only a great victory for me, but a great victory for the democratic process and the People of Yates County.”
While the challenges were filed at the Board of Elections and Supreme Court by Gardner’s close associate, Penelope Marchionda, Gardner was the driving force behind them. She personally appeared in Supreme Court with Marchionda and listed the expense of filing the Supreme Court Index Number on her latest Campaign Financial Disclosure Report. The Private Investigator who harassed Casella’s wife and one-year old daughter also appeared in court with Gardner.
“Before deciding to run for D.A., I asked myself one question: Is justice being done for the people?” he added. “Unfortunately, the answer was ‘No’. That’s why I’m running for District Attorney to bring my dedication and passion for justice to the office, and am respectfully asking the people of Yates County for their vote.”
“It was a privilege and honor to talk directly with voters as we collected nearly 1,000 signatures for my petitions,” said Mr. Casella. “It’s abundantly clear that they’re ready for new leadership that is committed to the principals of justice in the District Attorney’s Office. People are ready for a change and I’m prepared to take on that challenge.”
Mr. Casella is an experienced prosecutor who currently serves as an Assistant District Attorney in Steuben County. He has personally handled more than 4,000 cases (including more than 600 felonies) and taken more than 40 cases to trial in the courtroom. He is a zealous courtroom advocate and principled prosecutor who has earned the endorsement of the New York State Police in his candidacy for Yates County District Attorney.
The Republican Primary Election for Yates County District Attorney will be held on Tuesday, September 12, 2017 and the General Election will be held on Tuesday, November 7, 2017.