Earlier today we submitted over 33,000 petition signatures to the City of New York, more than double the requisite 15,000 needed to override the City Council’s lack of action in response to the first petition submitted on July 3rd.
With our petitioning now officially over – and both petitions extremely likely to meet their respective thresholds of 30,000 and 15,000 valid signatures – the only remaining obstacle to appearing on the ballot this November 4th is the City’s legal challenge.
To win this battle, we’ve been working with a top New York City election attorney, Leo Glickman of Stoll, Glickman & Bellina, LLP (pictured above). So far we’ve submitted one brief addressing the objections listed in the City Clerk’s August 4th certificate. Next week we’ll be submitting a second brief in response to the City’s first brief, which is expected later today. After that there will be oral arguments before New York State Supreme Court Justice Paul Wooten, and most likely an appeal by whichever side loses at the trial level.
Just $3,000 Left to Raise
Mr. Glickman and his firm have been working around the clock, and at a significantly reduced rate, to make sure we have the best possible chance of prevailing against the City. Now we need your help so that we can continue to have the best legal representation possible. Please donate what you can to help us raise the final $3,000 needed for litigation by this Sunday.
Visit http://highrisesafetynyc.org/donate/ to donate.
Your support is everything. Thank you for bringing this campaign all the way to the homestretch.
Volunteer to Review Signatures September 25th and 26th
The City Clerk is required to respond by September 24th as to whether the second petition has at least 15,000 valid signatures. If the City once again claims that we have less than the required number, we will need to review the challenged signatures immediately and quickly, with the October 3rd cutoff date just a week later. To accomplish this task we need to have a team of 20 volunteers on standby to review signatures on Thursday, September 25th and Friday, September 26th. Can you make it to the Board of Elections on either of those days to lend a hand?!
If you’d like to lend a hand, please RSVP simply by replying to this email or by visiting our contact page. Thank you for offering your time and energy!