UTICA, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) — The Oneida County Legislature Chairman confirms to NewsChannel 9 that both Oneida County Elections Commissioners will resign from their jobs.
According to the chairman, Democrat Elections Commissioner Carolann Cardone submitted her letter of resignation Tuesday. The same is expected Wednesday from Republican Commissioner Rose Marie Grimaldi.
NewsChannel 9 has obtained a copy of Cardone’s resignation letter, in which she writes, “This decision is not an easy one.”
Cardone writes that her resignation is effective on March 2, which is a different date than confirmed by the legislature chairman. The commissioner says she will agree to train her successor and cooperate through the transition.
Cardone’s letter did not reference a reason for her resignation.
Both elections commissioners were blamed for mistakes revealed through the weeks-long legal battle stemming from the 22nd Congressional District race, including record keeping errors and a failure to process voter registrations submitted through the DMV.
At different times, both commissioners were asked to testify virtually before State Supreme Court about their role in the messy election tabulation.
Last week, Oneida County Executive Anthony Picente wrote a letter asking Governor Andrew Cuomo to use his power to remove the elections commissioners.
Picente wrote, “Voters were disenfranchised. The outcome of a congressional race was held in limbo for over three months, leaving this county and district without federal representation while we fight a global pandemic. I demand better from anyone who represents Oneida County.”
Now-Congresswoman Claudia Tenney has since been sworn in, certified the winner by 109 votes. In his concession, former Congressman Anthony Brindisi asked for an investigation into the election counting process.