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Rye Brook, NY –
The camps of all five Democratic candidates for attorney general were poised for hand-to-hand political combat here at the sprawling Westchester Hilton Convention Center. But what played out was a kind of Montessori Workshop where all comers were granted a certificate of participation and a spot on the September primary ballo
There was one ballot that offered all comers a sense of just how much traction they actually had with the Democrats assembled here in Rye Brook.
For Nassau County DA Kathleen Rice, the 36 percent she earned from those at the convention got her first place. Sen. Eric Schneiderman came in second with 27 percent and change, which was enough to just edge Assemblyman Richard Brodsky, who got just over 26 percent. Former Banking Superintendent Eric Dinallo received 7.7 percent, and former Assistant U.S. Attorney Sean Coffey tallied 1.7 percent.
Normally, the contenders who fell below the 25 percent threshold would have been compelled to collect 15,000 signatures from around the state. Last night, after ballot maneuvers orchestrated by State Party Chair Jay Jacobs, all five contenders were cleared for the September primary ballot without having to spend as much as a quarter of a million dollars to deploy the field organization to get enough signatures.
The winner of the September primary will face Republican Staten Island District Attorney Sean Donovan.