Peter Tripodi, who is running for the Westchester Board of Legislators from Ossining, has lost an appeal of his case seeking to have the Maryknoll Sisters vote in New Castle instead of Ossining.
A four judge panel in Brooklyn heard arguments Monday morning and issued a decision a short time ago saying he “failed to demonstrate a clear legal right to the relief sought.”
Tripodi also lost at the lower court last week when state Supreme Court Justice Linda Jamieson found that the Sisters’ main house was in Ossining by the standard of the Board of Elections, which decides on the placement of a building in an election district by the location of the front door.
The Maryknoll property crosses the Ossining/New Castle border and only a corner of the main house is in New Castle, according to testimony from Sister Janice McLaughlin, the president of the congregation. The nuns have their own polling station on the property. Because the sisters vote overwhelmingly Democratic, Tripodi argued they were unfairly hurting the chances of Republican candidates in Ossining.
Tripodi, a Republican, is challenging Democratic Legislator Catherine Borgia in Tuesday’s election. Go to www.lohud.com/elections for information on the candidates.