The trio of Democrats running as a virtual alternative ticket against Gov. Andrew Cuomo and his allies submitted 65,000 signatures to gain access to the September primary ballot on Thursday — well over the 15,000 signature threshold.
The Democrats — gubernatorial candidate Cynthia Nixon, lieutenant governor candidate Jumaane Williams and attorney general hopeful Zephyr Teachout — did not gain the 25 percent weighted vote at the Democratic convention in May to qualify for the ballot without going through the costly and time-consuming petitioning process.
“I cannot give enough thanks to the more than 3,500 volunteers who put in countless hours to help get us on the ballot,” Nixon said. “The overwhelming support we received throughout our petition process shows that New Yorkers are sick of centrist, corporate Democrats. Governor Cuomo may have all the money in the world from Donald Trump, Wall Street, and the real estate developers, but we have the people. And as Alexandria Ocasio Cortez showed us, the establishment is no match for the people of New York.”
But Williams, who appeared at the state Board of Elections on Thursday to deliver boxes of the signatures, said that ultimately helped their efforts.
“Because of that, our team was able to personally touch 65,000 registered Democrats,” Williams said. “If your hubris we wouldn’t have been able to build up the army we needed to do that.”
Teachout was in New York City, meanwhile, picking up the endorsement of Democratic congressional candidate Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who defeated incumbent Rep. Joe Crowley in an upset last month.
“The Democratic Party Establishment made it clear they don’t want me on the ballot,” Teachout said. “The New York grassroots had other plans. I am so proud of the hard work of our incredible field team and our dedicated volunteers, who have shown such tenacity in resisting the status quo.”
Cuomo is running with his preferred candidate for lieutenant governor, incumbent Kathy Hochul, who is seeking a second term. Cuomo has also endorsed New York City Public Advocate Letitia James for attorney general, an office vacated by scandal-scarred Eric Schneiderman in May.