But Mike Reich, executive director of the Queens County Democratic Organization, said Golar was not fully aware of his own actions and was being manipulated in a scheme hatched by City Councilman Allan Jennings (D-Jamaica) and his cohorts."They have included Golar's name on the petitions," Reich said. "He has some short-term memory issues, to put it nicely. I think they have taken advantage of a 75-year-old man." Reich said Jennings is trying to take control of the 31st and 32nd state Assembly districts to ensure he is not voted out in the 2005 Council election. The Jamaica councilman has previously drawn the wrath of the Queens Democratic Party and has been charged by the City Council with inappropriate conduct toward five women.Jennings' office did not return phone calls seeking comment. Golar, a civil court judge, said he had the backing of the councilman but would not comment on the allegations that he was being used as a puppet. In a phone interview with TimesLedger, he said he had resigned his judgeship, although he would not say when he did so and would not provide contact information for his lawyers.The Office of Court Administration did not return a call seeking confirmation of Golar's resignation. Questions arose about Golar's intentions after the Board of Elections received two letters purportedly from the judge, a board spokesman said. He said the first letter, on Golar's official letterhead but not notarized, said he had not authorized his name to appear on the petition. The second letter, also on letterhead but notarized, said he had not sent the first letter and indicated he wanted to be on the ballot.The state constitution prohibits jurists from contesting other elections during their terms, and Reich said the New York State Commission on Judicial Conduct was investigating Golar because he allegedly waited to resign until after he declared his candidacy. A spokesman for the commission said state law prohibits him from commenting on any inquiry.Golar did not provide an explanation of the letters but said he had considered himself a candidate from the beginning. He was removed from the ballot by the Board of Elections, however, after another State Supreme Court judge ruled he had violated the constitution, a board spokesman said. Golar said he had not done so because he was not officially on the ballot before he resigned. But the Board of Elections had him down as an early candidate.Golar was listed on petitions with at least two other Democratic challengers, a tactic used so that candidates running on the same party line can more easily gain the required signatures for their individual races. When Judge Jaime Rios ruled against Golar, his two fellow candidates-Michael Duvalle and Rachel Gordon-were also disqualifi
©2004 Community News Group
By submitting this comment, you agree to the following terms:
You agree that you, and not TimesLedger.com or its affiliates, are fully responsible for the content that you post. You agree not to post any abusive, obscene, vulgar, slanderous, hateful, threatening or sexually-oriented material or any material that may violate applicable law; doing so may lead to the removal of your post and to your being permanently banned from posting to the site. You grant to TimesLedger.com the royalty-free, irrevocable, perpetual and fully sublicensable license to use, reproduce, modify, adapt, publish, translate, create derivative works from, distribute, perform and display such content in whole or in part world-wide and to incorporate it in other works in any form, media or technology now known or later developed.