UTICA, N.Y. – Oneida County Executive Anthony Picente is calling for Gov. Andrew Cuomo to remove the Oneida County Board of Elections commissioners after hundreds of ballots from local voters were wrongly excluded from the November elections.
Court proceedings to address ballot challenges in the 22nd Congressional District race uncovered some serious errors made in Oneida County this past election, including the board failing to process 2,400 voter registration applications from the Department of Motor Vehicles and rejecting more than 1,000 affidavit ballots without proper review.
Picente released the following statement Tuesday:
“Today, I have asked Gov. Andrew Cuomo to remove the current Oneida County Board of Elections commissioners. The authority for their removal is vested in him alone. It is evident the way the 2020 election was run here in Oneida County was an abject failure. Especially as it pertains to the 22nd Congressional District.
Voters were disenfranchised. The outcome of a congressional race was held in limbo for over three months, leaving this county and district without federal representation while we fight a global pandemic. I demand better from anyone who represents Oneida County.”
Both commissioners, Rose Grimaldi and Carolann Cardone, were unanimously reappointed to their positions by the county board of legislators in November and December.
The governor is the only one with the authority to remove BOE commissioners from their positions.
We reached out to both commissioners at the Oneida County Board of Elections but we were told that Carolann Cardone could not be reached and Rose Grimaldi was in a meeting. Grimaldi did not respond to our request for a return call.
See Picente's letter to Cuomo below: