Sayegh off ballot in Yonkers’ Independence mayoral primary

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(THIRD UPDATE)

Nader Sayegh, a founder of the Independence Party in Westchester, was knocked out of a mayoral party primary in Yonkers today by a state Supreme Court justice who found the candidate “had engaged in fraud.”

Late this afternoon, however, Sayegh said he was considering an appeal of the decision and that he would continue with plans to be a candidate in November with a new ballot line that he is calling the Integrity Committee.

In her ruling, Justice Mary H. Smith wrote that she had found “clear and convincing evidence that (Sayegh) had engaged in fraud in the procurement of signatures for his designating petition.”

The ruling knocks Sayegh out of the mayoral contest and leaves the Independence nomination to Republican Mayor Phil Amicone. Amicone declined to take sides in the continuing battle for control over the party between Sayegh and Giulio Cavallo, who has headed the organization in recent years, saying “That is between them.”

Read more in The Journal News tomorrow.

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  1. “or a man like Mr. Sayegh that has been paying taxes for 50 years?”

    Really? All those “wills” he’s been writing and being paid for in cash have been declared on his income tax return? No kidding? Does Santa come to Iraq also?

  2. I have never heard a more ignorant human being speak in my entire life. Pinichio, you are soo ignorant and delusional it is quite scary. Do you have any evidence whatsoever that Mr. Nader Sayegh is making wills? Throughout your rambling, incoherent talk, everyone that has read your writting has just gotten dumber. Pinichio, may god have mercy on your soul, and I implore you that you never get involved in any type of politics.

  3. “Do you have any evidence whatsoever that Mr. Nader Sayegh is making wills?”

    Yes. Firsthand, when my kid went to Nader’s thiefdom. I was solicited. He probobly moved up to closings by now.

    ” I implore you that you never get involved in any type of politics.”

    Don’t worry. I’m not like your buddy. I have ethics.

  4. TO PINOCHIO – WHAT IS YOUR PROBLEM? I DON’T LIKE NADER BUT SOME OF THE THINGS THAT YOU ARE SAYING ARE JUST PLAIN WRONG. IT SHOULDN’T MATTER THE COLOR OF YOUR SKIN OR WHAT COUNTRY YOU ARE FROM! ONLY THAT WE ELECT PEOPLE WHO DO WHAT IS RIGHT FOR OUR CITY. I READ YOUR POST ALL THE TIME AND I MUST SAY. WHO DO YOU LIKE? YOU TALK ABOUT EVERYONE. THE ONLY PERSON I HAVE NEVER SEEN YOU SPEAK BAD OF WAS ANDREA “DO NOTHING” COUSINS! I GUESS YOU THINK SHE IS DOING A GOOD JOB RIGHT? SHE VOTED NO TO 2 BILLION DOLLARS IN TAX BREAKS. NO EXTRA MONEY FOR THIS CITY AT ALL. SHE IS A WASTE JUST LIKE YOU! YOU TWO BELONG TOGETHER. NOTHING MORE THAN A JOKE!

  5. “ONLY THAT WE ELECT PEOPLE WHO DO WHAT IS RIGHT FOR OUR CITY.”

    I’m glad we agree about your compadre Nader should never be elcted then.

    “SHE VOTED NO TO 2 BILLION DOLLARS IN TAX BREAKS.”

    Good for her. People like Sayegh dont need tax breaks. Thieves should be in jail.

  6. I ALSO THINK THE JOURNAL NEWS SHOULD BAN PINOCHIO FROM WRITTING HERE. HIS INSENSATIVE AND HURTFULL REMARKS REGARDING RACE SHOULD NOT BE TOLERATED…NO OF US GET ALONG ALL THE TIME. JUST ASK ETHAN OR CONSULTANT OR BANDIT OT SHORTCAKE ETC.. BUT WE HAVE CIVIL CONVERSATIONS WITHOUT ATACKING EACHOTHER. ETHAN, MIKE JOIN WITH ME IN ASKING THAT THEY REMOVE THIS GUY FROM POSTING. THANKS GUYS!

  7. used to be republican on

    STILL WAITING FOR YOUR RESPONSE PINOCHIO??????????
    August 16th, 2007 at 5:58 pm
    pinochio you are really dumb I challenge you to a debate Nader and cavalow or one of his stooges because cavalow does not have the guts to stand up to anyone!!!! If you except I will call Journal news and cablevision. Just for the record Nader already challenged cavalow last June at the Polish Center News 12 was there also Journal news you can verify that with Ted Ladzinski Manger at the Polish????And as expected no show by team corruption!!!!now let cavalow pull your strings…LOL

  8. ” ALSO THINK THE JOURNAL NEWS SHOULD BAN PINOCHIO FROM WRITTING HERE. HIS INSENSATIVE AND HURTFULL REMARKS REGARDING RACE SHOULD NOT BE TOLERATED…”

    Personally I think illiterates should be banned but that’s just me

    “now let cavalow pull your strings”

    btw, who is cavalow?

  9. have never heard a more ignorant human being speak in my entire life. Pinichio, you are soo ignorant and delusional it is quite scary.

    pinochio you are really dumb

    I have never heard a more ignorant human being speak in my entire life. Pinichio, you are soo ignorant and delusional it is quite scary.

    I ALSO THINK THE JOURNAL NEWS SHOULD BAN PINOCHIO FROM WRITTING HERE.

    For the sake of political correctness. Yup, no personal attacks…

  10. I dont know where u get the ordasity and impetuasity to say such racist comments about Mr. Sayegh. First of all, you are one of the most ignorant people I know. I think that you should stop being racist and then maybe you will have the right to badger people.

  11. I dont know where u get the ordasity and impetuasity to say such racist comments about Mr. Sayegh. First of all, you are one of the most ignorant people I know. I think that you should stop being racist and then maybe you will have the right to badger people.

    Ok Martin, Lou, used to be republican, mark, etc…

    You are boring

  12. BAN PINOCHIO! HE IS A RCISTS.. TIRED OF HIM REPEATING WHAT EVERYONE SAYS. GO TO THE TRIBUNE – THAT IS WHERE YOUR COMMENTS BELONG. HERE – WE HAVE CONSTRUCTIVE INTELIGENT CONVERSATIONS. YOU SIR BRING NOTHING TO THE TABLE. JUST LIKE YOUR GIRL ANDREA BRINGS NOTHING TO THIS DISTRICT..

  13. First of all, for all you people that think Mr. Sayegh has no ethics: What has the guy done? You’re making him sound like Giuliani or cavolow( they both cheated on their wifes, and are racist). Mr. Sayegh was proven “Guilty” by a REPUBLICAN judge. It’s quite simple. Judge Mary Smith would never go against her party.

  14. Pinochio “Don’t worry. I’m not like your buddy. I have ethics.”
    Ummm I dont think so. You are saying racist remarks. You call that ethical?

  15. I have never heard a more ignorant human being speak in my entire life. Pinichio, you are soo ignorant and delusional it is quite scary. Do you even have any evidence whatsoever that Mr. Nader Sayegh is making wills? Throughout your rambling, incoherent talk, everyone that has read your writting has just gotten dumber. Pinichio, may god have mercy on your soul, and I implore you that you never get involved in any type of politics.

  16. used to be republican on

    pinochio needs to go back to the wood mill….LOL,or should I say let cavalow keep pulling his strings lol

  17. Ethan Edwards on

    Lou,

    Pinochio’s comments may be strong, but I don’t believe in banning people for being controversial. Nader Sayegh is of Arabic background, right? So that’s a fact, and it isn’t racist to say it. True, it could have been said in a less incendiary way. But it is a fact.

    Let’s not go crazy with political correctness.

    Pinochio obviously has a strong distaste for Sayegh, and he is entitled to that opinion. Maybe Pinochio also is just reacting to some individuals on here who, despite the judge’s very conclusive findings of fraud and perjury, still try to claim Sayegh was set up. They toss their own barbs at others — without one shred of evidence to back up their ravings. That’s a ridiculous and irresponsible stance for them to take, but they do it.

    To me, their off-the-wall comments also say a lot (and it isn’t good) about the guy they support—Sayegh.

    Personally, I’d rather see Pinochio tone it down a bit. Good observations he might make can get lost in his controversial choices of words. But banning is another story. I’d say “no” to that.

  18. So your saying that his arabic background is of relevance in this political debate? Thats just nonsense. This is where the law turns to shit. All of the equality and rights people are supposed to have are thrown out the window with idiots like you.

  19. Also, his comments are racist, whether you agree or not. It’s pretty sad when pinnochio resorts to name calling. He can’t even hold a decent conversation. Ethan and Pinochio should exchange numbers and have petty conversation together instead of forcing their ignorant and racial comments on us. Keep supporting one another. Idiots should stick together:)

  20. We have no democracy in this city. It is kinda ironic that the president is trying to bring democracy to Iraq when we don’t even practice it here. It is people like you that use the media to make a man look like a criminal when it is the same man who has devoted the last 35 years of his life to the betterment of this city. Every day thousands of people in Iraq are killed? That isn’t criminal right? But this alleged purgery is criminal in a yonkers court of law?
    It was stated above that Amicones lawyer is a specialist in winning battles like this. But it is easy to win a case when you have investigators going house to house at 10 at night, 12 at night, etc. to harrass and scare witnesses. Every single witness that went to court that day was threatened the weekend before. It is unfortunate that the public only sees half truths. The public only sees part of the story, the part news 12 decides to put on in favor of the mayor. Did anyone else notice that news 12 cut off Nader and only aired a glimpse of what he said; in turn making him look bad. It’s sad that the public can’t even vote for who they want. The signatures that were collected were in fact signed by the voters. So their choice of who is best for our city is of no significance now that a bigger party decides that they don’t want anything to stand in the way of them winning this year.

  21. Matt – May I ask how you know that investigators ‘threatened’ and went ‘house to house at 10 at night, 12 at night, etc. to harrass and scare witnesses’ in this case?

  22. Because I know an old lady who was served at 10 at night, and she had heard from others that they were served even later than that

  23. Alright, after reading blogs and attempting to keep an open mind on the matter, I have concluded the following:
    Pinochio is in fact very very ignorant on the matter in which he seems so adamant about debating. He makes ridiculous, racist, false comments which further my belief that he is nothing but a lowlife instigator desperate for a little entertainment which he recieves by badgering and butchering innocent, respected public figures, such as Mr. Sayegh. I’m going go take a wild guess and say that you get your information regarding this mayoral campagin via news channel 12, a program that wouldn’t dare piss off the current mayor of Yonkers, Phil Amacone. It is this kind of naiive mindset which governs the American people as a whole and is the reason why our government has gotten away with not only lying to the public, whom they are suppose to be serving, also starting unjust wars and killing hundreds upon hundreds of civilians. Now, Pinochio you may not care about those civilians, you know, since they are Middle Eastern, but for those who do care, those with half a brain and a heart, they know that they cannot believe what they see on tv because stations will always be crooked. When the day comes where you understand what I’ve just said…only then can we continue to have a remotely sophisticated conversation. Until then, God bless you.

  24. i am uncle gus and i think nader is the man. He is the most honest man from here to arizonal. ETHAN EDWARDS is wrong. dont listen to him. nader j sayegh was cheeted out of an honest election because covalo is scared because hes gonna win. there scared of an arab in office.

  25. Please do us a favor and move out. One less ignorant punk. Let me guess, you think your American right? Wake up, everyone is a decendant of an immigrant… unless of course your Native American. Either way, ethnicity should not be a factor in selecting the mayor. Of course in your racist eyes it is. And we all know thats why the judge sided with Amicone, finally we recieve the truth from one idiot apart of a larger group of pigs. Re-read your comment. If you still feel thats an adequate way to refer to someone of middle eastern decent, then theres no hope for you. Good luck getting anywhere in life with that mentality.

  26. unbelievable the names and racist remarks that some of you are making. I agree eveyone has a right to free speech, but all this name calling, wow, all I can say is unbelievable!

  27. I AGREE WALTER.. YOU GUYS ARE TAKING THIS TO A WHOLE NEW LEVEL WITH THESE RACISTS REMARKS. CAN’T YOU MAKE YOUR POINT WITHOUT BEING SO HURTFULL TO OTHERS?

  28. Matt – Back to your post about the investigator on this case. Having a potential witness served with legal process is not the same as threatening, harrassing and/or scaring them (your words). Do you have more specific information?

  29. Songbird, why do you keep asking questions? I said exactly what I was told. I mean when the elderly are served late at night, is that fair? Wouldn’t you be terrified if an investigator showed up at that hour asking questions?

  30. Matt, I’m just looking for clarification of your own statements. Like everyone else who’s reading and commenting in this column, I am interested in this case. Frankly, you’ve accused someone of having ‘threatened’, ‘harrassed’ and ‘scared’ potential witnesses So I ask that you now explain your comments, which is only reasonable.

  31. YOU know what all of you people who think nader is a froud well your all wrond phill amicone is wrong num#1 he is a liar who rounded yonkers who took the money away from the schools and nader who is a principal an attourney at law a yonkers resident for the past 50 yrs whos children nephews and neeses who attended yonkers school system know that their is no money because of phill amicone and julio cavolo and for another thing how did he commit frouad the news showed his family got more signatures dosent mean that people dont want him for mayor they want him and for all the people who are ass hols out their who says hes wrong well your wrong and your supporting the wrong person and wrong people too run our city

  32. A reminder: A wide range of discussion is permitted here, but please refrain from the profanity and nasty ethnic slurs.

    Use of these very few words does not advance your argument in any way and suggests a certain difficulty with the thought process by the writer.

    We’ve removed a couple of these posts.

  33. no–I am Bgirl…lou is lou..and pinochio is that your only response? more fasle accusations?

  34. It’s quite sad when I see the true colors of the people of Yonkers. These racist remarks are unbearable. Mr. Sayegh has dedicated almost his whole life to the betterment of the Yonkers school system. I have worked with him, and I have zero complaints. He is honarable, kind, and sincere. It really is disapointing when you compare Nader to a corrupt person like guilio Cavalow. Guilio Cavalow cheats on his wife, and lies about being a doctor. So, you compare Nader to him?

  35. Ok, Eric! First of all, I just want to say that you are extremely ignorant and have no clue what you are talking about. Why should ethnic backround play a role in deciding if Nader Sayegh should be Mayor of Yonkers? I think everyone should be given an equal opportunity. If you have a problem with that: then you shouldnt live in this great country.

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  37. Cemenarian Ray Fulmer on

    The rulling made about Nader Sayegh was made by a Republican, and just asking: What’s Amicone? A REPUBLICAN. So, a couple of the first comments on this blog are saying that Nader might lose his law license. Well first of all guys, if it had a smidgen of truth, the Judge, Mary Smith, would have filed a report to the District Attorney’s office. Of coarse, she didnt. So, that assures us that the ruling made was false, and based on pretense. Plus, im sure the Judge was put under pressure from her own party to side with her OWN party. Think about it: if she went by the books and sided with Nader, she would be hurting her own party. Personally, I dont blame the girl. I mean you have to defend your own party. Last but not least, the witnesses that testified that day were threatend, and harrassed the night before. All, and when I say all I mean ALL, the witnesses were foreighners and hardly knew how to speak english. That about sums it up!

  38. wow reading all this is just amazing. poor nader hes such a great guy. Cavallo got thrown out of med school in mexico many years ago for trying to buy and cheat on his test. thiers a cheater and lier right thier