Valentine was seeking the seat of the 38th Senate District, competing with Sen. David Carlucci. The district covers Rockland and some of Westchester counties.
According to Spokesman for the Board John ConKlin, Valentine submitted 1,591 signatures. “Based on objections, the board invalidated 732 of them.” Those signatures were either invalid, illegal or forged. This left Valentine with 859 signatures, but he needed 1,000 in order to qualify.
This leaves Carlucci, who will appear on the Democratic, Independence and Working Families Party lines, challenging Democrat-turned-Republican Janis Castaldi. However, the Conservative Party has dropped its support of Castaldi because she is in a same-sex marriage and Michael Long, the Conservative Party’s chair, is a long-time opponent of same-sex marriage in New York.