Kaplan Hecker & Fink LLP Files Emergency Motion on Behalf of Buffalo Mayoral Candidate India Walton

Kaplan Hecker & Fink LLP
Published on:
September 8, 2021

On September 7, 2021, lawyers from Kaplan Hecker & Fink LLP filed an emergency motion at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit on behalf of Buffalo mayoral candidate India Walton, who defeated four-time incumbent Mayor Byron Brown in the Democratic primary.  The motion concerns a district court ruling which invalidated a New York State deadline and put Mayor Brown back on the general election ballot after his historic loss.

Previously, Brown tried to file a petition to appear in the general election as an independent, but his petition was rejected because he missed New York’s statutory deadline by almost three months.  Instead of accepting the voters’ wishes, Brown and his supporters filed lawsuits in state and federal court challenging the State’s statutory deadline as unconstitutional.  Our motion argues that Mayor Brown’s conduct and subsequent lawsuits threaten the fairness of our elections, clearly explaining that New York law does not allow candidates to participate in the party primary and lose, then skip the independent candidate process before abruptly changing their mind and running as independents in the general election.

Kaplan Hecker attorneys Roberta KaplanJoshua Matz, Raymond Tolentino, and Harmann Singh contributed to the motion.

Read the full motion here.

More news from our Newsroom

Published on: January 11, 2022

Opinion: Trump wants the Jan. 6 suits against him dismissed. Why he's on shaky ground.

In their new op-ed, founding partner Roberta (“Robbie”) Kaplan, partner Joshua Matz, and partner Ray Tolentino explain how former President Trump has sought to avoid legal responsibility for his role... Read More
Published on: January 5, 2022

Kaplan Hecker & Fink LLP Expands Commercial Litigation Practice with Addition of Timothy S. Martin

Timothy S. (“Tim”) Martin joins the firm as partner in New York
Published on: December 30, 2021

Opinion: White supremacists are using an old playbook but so are the lawyers fighting them

On Tuesday, founding partner Roberta Kaplan and Karen Dunn, partner at Paul, Weiss and co-counsel in Kaplan Hecker & Fink's Charlottesville lawsuit, published an op-ed in The Washington Post,... Read More