- Rich Klein
EXCLUSIVE: LaBuda Files Lawsuit Regarding GOP Primary for DA
Updated: Jan 7, 2022
Retired County Court Judge Frank LaBuda yesterday (Monday) launched a legal action ahead of this week's absentee vote count in his Republican Party primary race against Acting District Attorney Meagan Galligan for Sullivan County District Attorney.
LaBuda's attorneys filed an order to show cause in State Supreme Court, Sullivan County alleging a series of potential voting irregularities from the June 23 primary. They include voters who were not properly enrolled and those who voted both by absentee ballot and in person on June 23. (The lead lawyer representing LaBuda is Jerry Goldfeder, a special counsel at Stroock & Stroock & Lavan in New York City, known for his work in election law).
The lawsuit also alleges that some voters were turned away from polls before the 9 pm deadline that day and that there was confusion among voters with last-minute changes to polling places.
LaBuda holds a 47-vote lead over Galligan ahead of the absentee ballot count by the Sullivan County Board of Elections that's expected to begin on Wednesday, July 1.
Galligan, 38, has been Acting DA since January after former DA Jim Farrell appointed her to the position upon winning his election to County Court judge last November.
LaBuda retired from the bench in December 2019 as mandated by the state when judges at the County Court level and above reach the age of 70.