The Maryknoll Sisters will continue to vote in Ossining as they have for decades after a judge Thursday rejected an effort to have them vote in New Castle.
The Sisters’ property crosses the Ossining/New Castle border and Ossining Councilman Peter Tripodi, a Republican who is running for the Board of Legislators, filed a complaint with the Board of Elections arguing that they main address is in New Castle and they should vote there. The majority of the nuns, who spend years oversees doing missionary work, vote Democratic and Tripodi argued their presence was unfairly hurting the electoral chances of Republican candidates.
But Supreme Court Justice Linda Jamieson said the testimony showed that the Sisters’ main building is in Ossining according to the test applied by the Board of Elections: the location of the front door.
“It is clear that the Sisters consider themselves to be residents of Ossining,” she wrote in her decision. “Their ties to that community are long, deep, and, this Court is sure, widely appreciated.”
She went on to say: “It is further quite clear that the (very important) front door to the Mother House is in Ossining.”
Matthew Gallagher, the attorney for the Sisters, said they are happy with the decision.
“Today the Court reaffirmed the Maryknoll Sisters’ strong longstanding ties to and their right to cast their votes in Ossining like they have done since the 19th Amendment gave them the right to do so some 93 years ago,” he said. “The Sisters are pleased that this unfortunate matter is now behind them and look forward to continuing to serve those in need around the world like they have done for the last century.”
Tripodi is facing incumbent Democratic Legislator Catherine Borgia in the election Tuesday. For more on the candidates click here.