Seawright Attempts Independent Run

The UES assembly member collects signatures for the “Rise and Unite” party line

27 Jul 2020 | 10:05

After getting booted from the Democratic Party line due to a filing error, Assembly Member Rebecca Seawright has been collecting signatures to make an independent bid and is likely to appear on the ballot this November.

Since the setback, the three term Upper East Side assembly member has gathered more than 5,000 signatures needed to get on the ballot as an independent. Seawright will be running on the “Rise and Unite” party line in the 76th Assembly District. She is expected to submit the petitions this week ahead of the July 30 deadline.

“I am energized by this spectacular outpouring from so many friends, neighbors, and constituents on the Upper East Side, Yorkville and Roosevelt Island,“ said Seawright. “While petitioning in the Assembly district, I was invigorated by so many voters and their words of encouragement to keep fighting to prevent the Trump Republicans from stealing the seat. As I have said from the beginning: We will be on the ballot for the November General Election. We are in it to win it.”

If the Board of Elections approves Seawright’s bid, the incumbent will face Republican Louis Puliafito, an UES doorman, during the Nov. 3 election.