Written by Rich Forestano Friday, 13 May 2011 00:00
Albertson resident Gerald Magaldi has withdrawn his petition as a Mineola school board candidate. District Superintendent Michael Nagler announced the withdrawal during last Thursday’s meeting of the board of education at the Willis Avenue School.
Magaldi had spoken to District Clerk Donna Martillo and submitted a letter withdrawing his candidacy last week. No reason was given at the meeting for Magaldi’s withdrawal.
Magaldi had been one of three challengers to the two open seats on the board currently held by board President Terence Hale and Trustee William Hornberger. The remaining two challengers are Veronica Levitan and Joe Manopella.
The withdrawal also poses “some issues” Dr. Nagler said, because of the timing of the announcement. Due to the withdrawal occurring within a certain timeframe, it reopens the window for new candidates to run on the May 17 ballot. Any candidate who obtained 49 signatures by 5 p.m. on May 10 could take the spot vacated by Magaldi.
“Legally, because he withdrew in a certain timeframe, there is a reopening of the timeframe for candidates to now run,” Nagler said.
The withdrawal also requires the district clerk to send every person who submitted an absentee ballot, which are 146 to date according to Dr. Nagler, notifying them that Magaldi has withdrawn and giving them an opportunity to recast their ballot.
The district is required to post public notices in and around the district that there is a candidate withdrawal and the possibility of another person running.
“We have to notify the public there is a candidate withdrawal,” Nagler said. “That required us to take an ad out in Newsday. I believe it will run in the “Our Town” section on Sunday, May 8.”
If another candidate does file, there would be a need to reorder the candidates’ names as they appear on the ballot, which would further delay the ability to submit all the information, Nagler said.
“Since Mr. Magaldi was choice ‘D,’ Mr. Hornberger can move up from ‘E,’ Nagler said. “It all sounds silly, but it needs to get done.”
Every candidate has to be present for reordering. The reordering will only be done if no one submits a petition to run in the open spot.