Full story at: The East Hampton Star
County party ignores local choice; Cohen out
by Alex De Havenon / July 21, 2011
In a move the chairwoman of its local [East Hampton] chapter, Elaine Jones, characterized as a “back room deal,” Zachary Cohen has been replaced by Bill Wilkinson [registered Republican] as the Independence Party candidate for East Hampton Town Supervisor. “I am so upset,” she said Monday…
It is now too late to run a primary. “Our 944 [party members] should have been given the right to choose,” Ms. Jones said.
In a May release endorsing Mr. Cohen, Ms. Jones wrote, “Although the decision was a difficult one, many of the Independence Party members felt that because Zach Cohen is neither a registered Republican or Democrat, he will be an independent thinker and represent all the people of East Hampton Town.” In the previous, 2009, election, the party endorsed Mr. Wilkinson, a Republican who had also received Conservative Party backing…
Background: In New York, the Independence Party is a ballot-qualified party. Under New York law, there is “fusion”, so a candidate can run on more than one party’s line.