Petition challenges persist in local races despite pandemic

After clearing the necessary 270 signatures required for their names to appear on the ballot, a number of City Council hopefuls have received challenges to their petitions from opponents claiming that the signatures are illegitimate — but the would-be pols are shooting back, accusing their detractors of engaging in dirty politics during a pandemic. 

“It’s ridiculous to be challenging signatures during a pandemic because candidates like myself and our volunteers are literally risking our lives to collect these signatures, and we’re also putting voters at risk to sign these petitions,” said Chí Osse, a candidate running for the 36th District in Bedford-Stuyvesant.

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