Republican voters left confused by letter with suggested write-in judicial candidates

Attorney Helene Jnane, who ran for City Council in 2013, had her name appear in a rogue Republican slate. (Photo by Sabina Mollot)

Attorney Helene Jnane, who ran for City Council in 2013, had her name appear in a rogue Republican slate. (Photo by Sabina Mollot)

By Sabina Mollot

This year’s Election Day was a quiet one with only judicial candidates running in Manhattan and many uncontested.

However, in an effort to shake up what was locally a one-party election, a Republican District Leader for the 74th Assembly District sent out letters urging republicans to vote for members of their own party, anyway.

The problem? The letter ended up causing some confusion, with at least a couple of Stuyvesant Town residents who received it believing there were actually Republican candidates running.

One copy of the letter was received by a republican voter who later contacted Town & Village to ask why those candidates could only be chosen by having their names written in on an absentee ballot.

“That seems like fraud to me,” she fumed.

The letter from Robert Fiore, a resident of East 23rd Street, had said the election presented an “interesting opportunity for Republican write-in candidates due to expected low voter turnout for Democrats. Here are our Republican Write-In candidates for the Manhattan judicial races Tuesday, November 3.”

He then listed the candidates for Supreme Court justice as: Helene Jnane, Paul Niehaus, Robert L. Morgan, Robin Weaver and Peter C. Hein. Jnane, who ran a campaign for City Council in 2013 against Dan Garodnick, was also listed as a candidate for Civil Court judge.

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