I am still unclear about the details but apparently the organizers of the city manager charter petition drive (the people involved refuse to disclose who the organizers are but I understand that Gordon Boyd, Pat Kane, Bob Turner, and Ann Bullock are among the leadership), misunderstood the law and will have to wait until the next general election to get their proposal on the ballot.
This year New York made a number of changes in state election law. Among the changes was the deadline for getting a proposition on the ballot in order to address the problem of securing ballots for military and oversees voters. The deadline was moved up from thirty-six days to three months before the general election changing the date from approximately October 1 to August 5.
As I understand it, in addition to getting the signatures in to the city (they needed about 1,200 valid signatures), the Accounts Office was required to go through the petitions to check the names and then the City Council had to take some sort of action. The charter organizers just did not allow enough time to complete all of these requirements by the new deadline.
One thing helpful to the organizers is that apparently the signatures gathered so far will still be good when they are submitted for the next election.
New York State election law is very complicated. I cannot help but make the snarky observation that the advocates should have had the good sense to work closely with an attorney who specialized in this kind of law to avoid an error like this.
It is also worth noting that the organizers’ website Common Sense, Saratoga has not acknowledged the missed deadline. This disinterest in transparency is an ongoing theme.