District #1 City Council Candidate Pete Gleason sent out this press release today:

Pete Gleason, a civil rights attorney running for City Council in the 1st Council District, applauded the Board of Elections’ removal of Alan J. Gerson from the ballot in this September’s Democratic Primary.

Pete Gleason, now widely considered the frontrunner in the City Council race, criticized Gerson’s history of sloppy work, lateness, and passing-the-buck behavior that his constituents in the First District know all too well. 

"This typifies Alan Gerson’s shoddy work ethic.  In truth, Alan hasn't been doing any heavy lifting on the important issues downtown for years," Gleason added. "He was absent on the Tribeca sanitation depot, he was absent on school overcrowding, he was absent on the woeful overdevelopment and lack of proper planning. Just like he forgot to properly fill out his own papers, Alan Gerson forgot to take care of his own District. The one thing he didn't forget to do was vote himself an extension of his term."

"We don't want any candidate kicked off for frivolous reasons," Gleason stated, "But this is no joke. This is about competence. Alan Gerson has been in office for eight years. He ought to know how to file his own petitions. And if he still doesn't know, then he ought to know when he's warned that his filing flaws are fatal to not try and be his own lawyer."

Gerson’s situation differs significantly from that of Public Advocate candidate Bill DeBlasio.  While De Blasio was temporarily disqualified for a typo on his cover sheets, Gerson twice filed misleading cover sheets which he himself signed.  Unlike DeBlasio, several pages were involved, and several attempts were given to make things right.  At today’s meeting, the Board of Elections restored De Blasio to the ballot, while upholding the decision to remove Alan Gerson.

Given two chances to cure fatal defects in his petitions, incumbent City Councilmember Alan Gerson failed to do so.  Two separate flawed and misleading cover sheets were signed and filled at the Board of Elections by Gerson and his political allies.  In the end, Gerson's petitions remain fatally flawed, and, as of now, he is officially off the September 15th primary ballot.

Gerson is historically a strong believer in restrictive ballot access.  In the 2003 City Council race, Alan Gerson unsuccessfully filed frivolous objections to Pete Gleason’s petitions.

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