ALBANY – A judge issued a temporary restraining order this morning barring the Democratic Party Committee from voting on an elections commissioner tonight, Monday, Nov. 28.
Last month the committee voted to recommend Matt Clyne to another two-year term, but last week Chairman Jack Flynn said the process was flawed because Clyne never went through the Candidate Review Committee.
Flynn re-opened the process and accepted resumes through Friday Nov. 25. The following Saturday, the review committee interviewed candidates and settled on longtime attorney Josh Ehrlich as Clyne’s replacement.
Clyne did not interview. Rather, he filed a lawsuit looking for the courts to uphold last month’s vote that recommended he serve another term and to stop the committee from voting tonight.
Albany County Supreme Court Judge Richard Platkin issued the temporary restraining order that doesn’t guarantee Clyne another term, but does prevent the committee from acting until formal arguments can be heard.
Clyne represented himself. It’s unclear who Flynn and the Democratic Party proper had as an attorney.
As of noon, Flynn was notifying ward leaders that Monday’s meeting was cancelled.
More information as it becomes available.