Steve Katz, a challenger in the 99th Assembly district, is boasting 1,566 signatures from Republican voters, enough to force a primary in September against former Southeast Town Justice Jim Borkowski.
Katz’s campaign announced this week he also has more than twice the number of Independence voters’ signatures needed to qualify for that ballot under New York’s rules for candidates running on ballot lines other than their own. Katz is already endorsed candidate by the Independence Party.
“We are pleased that we have gathered the necessary signatures, and I can’t thank the volunteers enough for working hard to make it happen,” said Katz, a veterinarian who lives in Mohegan Lake. “We plan on wearing out some shoe leather over the summer walking the district and talking to people about the stark contrast between me and my opponent leading up to the primary. This is proof positive that the people want a choice and they want the process to be democratic; they don’t want the Republican Party insiders handing them their only choice. Those days are over.”
Republican district leader Ed Ciffone of Yorktown has thrown his support behind Katz.
“We are seeing the kind of organization and leadership from the campaign that we need in Albany,” Ciffone, president of United Taxpayers of Yorktown, said in a campaign press release. “I expect candidate Katz to go all the way and take the people’s seat come November and work hard for us.”
The 99th district covers Yorktown, Somers and North Salem in Westchester County; Southeast, Patterson and Carmel in Putnam County and Pawling in Dutchess County.