LIGAMMARI v. NORRIS

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Supreme Court, Appellate Division, Fourth Department, New York.

Matter of Andrew LIGAMMARI, Petitioner-Appellant, v. Michael J. NORRIS and Judith M. Cirifalco, as Commissioners of Niagara County Board of Elections, Sara Sperrazza and Paul Colangelo, Respondents-Respondents.

Decided: August 23, 2000

PRESENT:  PINE, J.P., HAYES, HURLBUTT, SCUDDER and KEHOE, JJ.

 Petitioner commenced this special proceeding pursuant to Election Law § 16-102 seeking an order validating his designating petitions and designating him as a Republican Party candidate for County Court Judge in Niagara County for the Republican primary on September 12, 2000.   Petitioner contends, inter alia, that respondent commissioners erred in invalidating signatures on the ground that the voter listed his or her postal address rather than the actual town or city of residence.   We disagree.   Pursuant to Election Law § 6-134(12), the use of a postal address will not invalidate a signature on a designating petition “provided that proof that such address is the accepted address of such signer is provided to the board of elections no later than three days following the receipt of specific objections to such signature.”   No such proof was provided, and thus there was no “substantial compliance” with subdivision (12) (Election Law § 6-134 [10] ).   We conclude, therefore, that Supreme Court properly invalidated the signatures that failed to comply with Election Law § 6-134(12).   In addition, the court properly invalidated the signatures that did not comply with the town/city designation requirement (see, D'Amico v. Mahoney, 115 A.D.2d 348, 496 N.Y.S.2d 1001;  Matter of Scamacca v. Mahoney, 104 A.D.2d 730, 480 N.Y.S.2d 637;  see also, Matter of Frome v. Board of Elections, 57 N.Y.2d 741, 742, 454 N.Y.S.2d 978, 440 N.E.2d 1325).   In view of our determination, we do not reach petitioner's remaining contentions.

Order unanimously affirmed without costs.

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