The four county chairs of the New York City operation of the Independence Party of New York released the following statement today in response to the Court of Appeals decision to affirm lower court decisions that grant the State Committee the right to authorize non-IP candidates to run on the IP line in the city of New York in all but citywide elections.
"The New York City county organizations continue to control the Independence Party line in citywide elections, including the 2009 races for Mayor, Public Advocate and Comptroller. With our expanding base of support at the local level and thousands of Independence Party members joining county committees in their boroughs, we will continue the fight for democracy in the party. Ultimately, the future of the party will be decided by the voters, not the courts.”
Cathy L. Stewart, Chair, New York County Independence Party
Robert Conroy, Chair, Kings County Independence Party
Gerald Everett, Chair, Queens County Independence Party
Sarah D. LyonsChair, Richmond County Independence Party
The decision has the practical effect of giving power to the State Committee over duly elected County Committees on local matters.