Oneida County BOE commissioners stepping down amid calls to resign

The Oneida County Board of Elections Democratic commissioner has submitted a letter of resignation, and the Republican commissioner is expected to do the same after serious errors and violations were uncovered during court proceedings for the 22nd Congressional District race.

Posted: Feb 16, 2021 3:57 PM
Updated: Feb 16, 2021 4:09 PM

The Oneida County Board of Elections Democratic commissioner has submitted a letter of resignation, and the Republican commissioner is expected to do the same after serious errors and violations were uncovered during court proceedings for the 22nd Congressional District race.

The New York State Board of Elections joined Oneida County Executive Anthony Picente in calling on both Carolann Cardone and Rose Grimaldi to resign, giving both women one week to step down.

While reviewing challenged ballots in the 22nd District race, Oswego County Supreme Court Judge Scott DelConte found that the Oneida County Board of Elections failed to properly review more than 1,000 affidavit ballots, rejecting them due to a BOE error with registrations through the Department of Motor Vehicles.

Picente sent a letter to Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Feb. 9, requesting he remove both commissioners.

Cardone submitted her letter of resignation Tuesday, and Grimaldi will likely send hers to the board Wednesday.

Both county parties must now submit names to the county board of legislators for consideration. They legislators will then review and either confirm or deny the suggested replacements.

A special session has not been scheduled at this time. The next regular board meeting is March 10.

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