Diane DiDonato-Roth, a North Castle councilwoman who had been trying to run for a vacant state Senate seat in Westchester, was officially knocked off the GOP ballot today after her potential primary opponent challenged her petitions.
Out a total of 1,156 signatures the Westchester Board of Elections had disallowed, a state judge today found that 200 were valid. Roth had filed 1,786 signatures, but the disallowed ones left her with 830 valid signatures, under the 1,000 needed to stay on the ballot for the Sept. 13 primary.
Roth, whose petition was challenged by her opponent, New Rochelle businessman Bob Cohen, said she would not appeal the decision.
“I had 30 people coming to the courtroom to validate their signatures, some of the others are away on vacation. They have been calling me from cruise ships to say they wished they could come,” said Roth, a North Castle councilwoman.
That leaves Cohen, a Republican, up against Democratic Assemblyman George Latimer for the Senate seat vacated by retiring Sen. Suzi Oppenheimer, D-Mamaroneck.