BUFFALO, NY - Lawyers representing the Erie County Board of Elections filed a notice of appeal Friday to Justice Frank Sedita's decision that a measure to downsize the County Legislature can appear on the November ballot.
The measure would allow voters to decide whether or not to shrink the size of the Erie County legislature from 15 members to 11.
Erie County elections commissioner Dennis Ward had said the wrong person turned the paperwork to the board of elections, so they (Board of Elections) took the measure off the November ballot.
Community activist Kevin Gaughan and several members of the Legislature fought that ruling in court and won.
In a statement Friday, Erie County Clerk Kathy Hochul said, "I hope they reconsider the appeal. Taxpayers should not have to fund an effort that undermines their voting rights."