We imagine everyone by now knows there will be a Village wide election on March 19, for two seats on the Village Board of Trustees.
The declared candidates are the incumbent Mary Bess Phillips, Board watchdog William Swiskey, and lastly, the first couple of Greenport hastily handpicked candidate Julia Robins.
We have no idea when Ms. Robins decided to run for the position, we imagine it was soon after the Mayor realized there might only be two candidates for the two seats.
The possibility of William Swiskey sitting at the dais answering questions, giving truthful responsive answers to those questions, and responding to the needs of the residents as opposed to the "special friends" of the Mayor and Trustee Phillips we're sure did not sit well with our (his idea of himself) benevolent dictator of a Mayor.
Picture the pure panic being suffered by our boy king Mr. Nyce, here January is almost over and no nyceovite willing to step up to wear the sheep suit. (As a note, the sheep suit is obligatory in the Nyce administration). Finally, someone fits the suit, Ms. Robins declares herself a candidate and on the 27th of January the first couple of Greenport are the first two people to sign her nominating petition.
Unfortunately someone forgot to mention to Ms. Robins you have to be a registered voter within the incorporated Village to run for office.
It seems after decades of voting at her address outside the Village and a hasty change to a village address to circumvent planning board and village board residency requirements, she neglected to register to vote. The SC BOE did not even receive her voter registration request until two days after she collected signatures a clear violation of state election law.
Problem? (spoiler alert, not really) Her petitions were challenged, reasonable people would think this might create some sort of dilemma for the candidate, well not in Greenport and certainly not for the hand picked candidate of the Mayor. Relax, all is not lost, in steps Clerk Perillo, who in addition to the many hats she wears to safeguard the Mayor's realm she is also the election officer for the Village, we're sure you can see where this is going. The Clerk ruled that because the challenge was legitimate but late it was disallowed. See how easy that was. The Clerk is probably forgetting that as the election officer part of her job was to verify that the petitions were correct, the first line of the nominating petition asks if the candidate is a registered voter, so you have to ask…Ms. Perillo what happened? (Just kidding we all know what happened)