The race to be the next Mayor of Spring Valley, NY, went into overdrive today as Town of Ramapo Councilman and SV Mayor candidate Daniel Friedman successfully removed Spring Valley Trustee Yosef Hersh Gross from the ballot. However, Mr, Gross has not wasted any time, telling JPUpdates that he is going to Court to reinstate his name.
Mr. Gross says that many of his petitions incorrectly stated ‘Spring Valley NY’ next to some names whose mailing address – while within the Village – is still Monsey, NY. However Mr. Friedman says that he challenged 266 of Gross’ 505 petitions on other grounds such as folks not being registered to vote, not registered as Democrats, or not living in the Village. As per Friedman, The Board of Elections accepted about 170 of those challenges, pushing Gross below the 364 signatures needed to be on the ballot.
Sources tell JPUpdates that Mr. Friedman’s petitions are also being challenged at this time but Mr. Friedman tells JPUpdates that he filed 844 petitions and is confident enough that he will survive all the challenges against him.
More information on both challenges are expected later today from the Board of Elections.
Regardless who of the two stays on the ballot, they will face a tough battle in the September Primary. SV Trustee Demeza Delhomme appears to be the strongest candidate within the Haitian Community with upwards of 700 votes, but the current Mayor Noramie F. Jasmin is also running despite being arrested a few months ago. In a strong Primary, the Orthodox Jewish Community in the Village can produce 650 votes which needs to be supplemented by at least 100 non-Jewish votes in order to overcome Mr. Delhomme’s formidable strength. In a four-way race it may be tough – but not impossible – to pull off, say local observers.