Incumbent Bronx assemblywoman removed from NY primary ballot over petition fraud allegations

A veteran Bronx assemblywoman has been removed from the New York primary ballot due to petition fraud allegations.

News 12 Staff

May 23, 2020, 6:00 PM

Updated 1,424 days ago

Share:

A veteran Bronx assemblywoman has been removed from the New York primary ballot due to petition fraud allegations.
Amanda Septimo accused Carmen Arroyo's campaign of collecting illegally backdated petition signatures so she could get on the ballot for the upcoming Democratic primary.
Septimo, 29, alleges Arroyo's campaign picked up petition sheets on Feb. 27. Septimo says she discovered 41 pages of signatures that the incumbent submitted to the Board of Elections that were dated Feb. 25 and 26.
Arroyo and Septimo were both competing to be the Democrat on the ballot for the 84th Assembly District in the general election in November.
Septimo says when she suspected fraud, she filed a case against her opponent in Bronx Supreme Court, losing at that level and the appellate division.
The challenger took her case to the Court of Appeals, which decided Thursday to overturn the ruling, stating in a decision document that "the lower courts should have concluded that this is one of those rare instances in which the designated petition is so permeated by fraud as a whole as to call for its invalidation."
The 29-year-old is now celebrating her victory.
"So many people lose faith in politics and you feel sometimes like these systems are flawed," Septimo says. "It was kind of validating to know that sometimes things are a little rigged against you."
Septimo is now preparing for the general election in November.
News 12 reached out to Arroyo but has yet to get a response.


More from News 12
2:13
Residents and local leaders share excitement, concerns on 4 new Metro-North stations coming to the Bronx

Residents and local leaders share excitement, concerns on 4 new Metro-North stations coming to the Bronx

1:34
Officers arrest 43-year-old Bronx man connected to Bay Ridge bar fatal stabbing

Officers arrest 43-year-old Bronx man connected to Bay Ridge bar fatal stabbing

1:42
Rainy and cooler weather arrive tomorrow, Thursday for NYC

Rainy and cooler weather arrive tomorrow, Thursday for NYC

0:26
Fordham University receives $50 million to tackle air pollution, other environmental issues

Fordham University receives $50 million to tackle air pollution, other environmental issues

1:11
Store owner: 5 suspects used ladder to flee from store robbery in Baychester

Store owner: 5 suspects used ladder to flee from store robbery in Baychester

0:33
City Council to discuss helicopter noise complaints plaguing New York City

City Council to discuss helicopter noise complaints plaguing New York City

0:22
Police identify victim in fatal Longwood shooting

Police identify victim in fatal Longwood shooting

0:26
MTA introduces electric-powered vans to Access-A-Ride fleet

MTA introduces electric-powered vans to Access-A-Ride fleet

2:10
Highbridge students learn about the ins and outs of cannabis

Highbridge students learn about the ins and outs of cannabis

Guide: Alcohol addiction recovery support and resources

Guide: Alcohol addiction recovery support and resources

0:27
Jets 'return to roots' with new uniforms that pay tribute to team's 'New York Sack Exchange' look

Jets 'return to roots' with new uniforms that pay tribute to team's 'New York Sack Exchange' look

1:37
Police: 1 man dead, another in critical condition in Mott Haven shooting

Police: 1 man dead, another in critical condition in Mott Haven shooting

0:45
NYPD: Protesters along Brooklyn Bridge arrested for blocking traffic

NYPD: Protesters along Brooklyn Bridge arrested for blocking traffic

1:51
Seniors staying fit through free program in the Bronx

Seniors staying fit through free program in the Bronx

2:32
Community advocates rally and call for changes in aftermath of NYPD's decision in Kawaski Trawick case

Community advocates rally and call for changes in aftermath of NYPD's decision in Kawaski Trawick case

2:03
Black Maternal Health Week: Mother discusses how her pregnancy inspired her to become a doctor

Black Maternal Health Week: Mother discusses how her pregnancy inspired her to become a doctor

1:36
It’s Tax Day: Bronx accountant breaks down what you should know

It’s Tax Day: Bronx accountant breaks down what you should know

1:22
City announces Project Home program to combat domestic violence

City announces Project Home program to combat domestic violence

1:20
Scholar Athlete: Hunter Burgos

Scholar Athlete: Hunter Burgos

1:59
'I can't even use my bedroom.' Mott Haven resident details slew of problems plaguing her apartment

'I can't even use my bedroom.' Mott Haven resident details slew of problems plaguing her apartment