ALBANY — Rotterdam Democrat Angelo Santabarbara will appear on the Conservative ballot line for the first time in November in his bid for re-election to the state Assembly.
A judge Wednesday invalidated only three of the 61 absentee ballots from the June 23 Conservative Party primary that were challenged by Santabarbara or his opponent, Rotterdam attorney Paul DeLorenzo. Of the 58 that were opened, 45 votes were for Santabarbara, giving him an insurmountable lead, his attorney said.
Voters will still get to choose between both in November — DeLorenzo holds the Republican line.
Santabarbara was first elected to the Assembly in 2012 and was re-elected three times since.
In those elections, the Conservative line has drawn 3,000 or more votes in the 111th Assembly District and been a significant source of votes for Santabarbara’s Republican opponents.
There were 30,195 enrolled Democrats, 21,554 enrolled Republicans and 3,009 enrolled Conservatives in the district as of February.