Robert Romanowski got back on the ballot today for the Sept. 15 Republican Party nomination for Ramapo supervisor against Supervisor Christopher St. Lawrence, a Democrat.
State Supreme Court Justice Margaret Garvey reversed herself after a hearing today for Romanowski and his supporters explained alterations to his nominating petitions.
Garvey originally nullified the petitions but the Appellate Division on appeal ordered her to hold a hearing and consider evidentiary evidence. State election law allows nullification if the change goes unexplained. If there’s an explaination, the petition could be held valid.
Garvey ordered another hearing Tuesday on whether Romanowski’s petitions were notarized by a supporter, Michael Parietti, licensed to be a notary by New York. Lawyers for St. Lawrence and the Ramapo Democratic Party challenged the notarization.
The question comes down to whether Paretti has a business in New York since he moved out of the state and then moved back. The question is whether his notary license is still valid because he moved.
GOP Elections Commission Joan Silvestri said Garvey ordered Romanowski back on the ballot, pending the results of Tuesday’s hearing. The Rockland Board of Elections had upheld his petitions before the papers were taken before Garvey.
SIlvestri said the board is facing a deadline for the Sept. 15 primary to get ballots prepared for voters. If Garvey boots Romanowski from the ballot on Tuesday, then the county will pay the expense of making the changes, she said.
“It’s costly,” she said. “We have to follow the court’s order.”