The number of candidates vying for the 119th District Assembly seat is down to three.

The Oneida County Board of Elections says Democratic candidate Chris Salatino has been removed from the ballot following an order from State Supreme Court.

Salatino released a statement on the issue. It reads,

I received the news late Friday that the court had decided to remove my name from the ballot. After reviewing their decision with my attorney we do not agree with the court’s decision. The judge did not find that I engaged in any fraudulent activity, and I can assure you that I did not. I believe that I should not be held accountable for the errors of a few. It’s important to remember that there were more than 500 of the required signatures to be on the ballot, and that every person who signed a petition intended to sign for me. My opponent has done everything possible to prevent a primary and not let the people decide. This decision should be up to the voters not a judge or a court. I want to assure all of my supporters that I am going to fight this vigorously. I believe the court of appeals will agree with our case, and I look forward to being back on the ballot.

According to CNY Homepage, Salatino was removed from the Democratic ballot due to signature fraud and from the Working Families Party line because of insufficient signatures.

Salatino, who serves on the Utica School Board, was set to face Marianne Buttenschon in next month's Democratic primary.

Republicans Dennis Bova and Frederick Nichols are also running for the Assembly seat currently held by Anthony Brindisi.

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