The petition controversy has made its way to Overlook Avenue—specifically The River House condo complex—where residents say a constant barrage of signature seekers in recent days is sending them close to the edge.
“Apparently, the Democrats are so dysfunctional that they are sending multiple groups to River House and driving our shareholders crazy,” said Nick Corbi, who serves as president of The River House Board of Directors. “In some instances, these groups are knocking on the same doors two or three times in one night and one group has no idea that the other groups are there. This started Friday night when we had one group up—I guess it was the two Democrats (Luis Segarra and Robert Sullivan) who are running with the Republicans. Then, on Saturday night, we had two groups of Democrats knocking on doors and Sunday night we had two or three groups of Democrats up here knocking on the same doors! What the hell are they doing?”
Corbi is receiving complaints from residents of both political parties who wish to have dinner without several knocks at the door. A registered Republican, he says he has not had his door knocked on.
“This has nothing to do with politics,” he said Monday morning. “Every election year we hold forums for all the candidates, and, believe it or not, I voted for Mary Foster and often vote for the Democrat for president, with the exception of their last two candidates. This is about the well-being of our shareholders who signed a lease that says they are entitled to a quiet enjoyment of the property. Instead, they are being harassed which is strange because in the past they have been very professional. This year they have uncoordinated groups roaming the halls. They are in a total state of disarray.”
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Corbi said he spoke with River House resident Marta Brooks, a Democrat District Leader, and asked her for the contact information of party chair Val Alcena in an attempt to put a stop to the petitioning. Brooks, he said, did not give him the information and said he could not stop them from soliciting the building.
“I told her that I can if it becomes a nuisance,” said Corbi, who has lived at the Overlook Avenue complex since 1980. “We have never had to in the past, but if this continues I will call the police or kick them out myself because I have a fiduciary responsibility to the residents.”
Attempts to obtain a reaction from Alcena during the day Monday were unsuccessful, as were attempts to speak with Brooks.
Gina Pullano, who serves as vice president on the Board of Directors with Corbi, is a registered Democrat who said she too is bothered by all of the knocks on her door, but never thought of involving the police.
“I am not sure I would consider it harassment, but I certainly have had a lot of visitors the last three days,” she told The Peekskill Post Monday afternoon. “Other residents are concerned about it, too.”
Pullano, who has lived at The River House since 1996, continued:
“I had two gentleman on Friday evening knock on my door who said they were Democrats, so I signed their petition. On Saturday evening, I had another knock on the door from two more folks to sign a petition for the Democratic ticket. When I told them I had already signed something the night before, they said something to the effect of ‘Those men are Democrats that decided to run on the Republican ticket.’ They told me since I signed the night before I could not sign their petition and they left. Then, last night, Marta Brooks came by after she found out that I signed Friday night and had more visitors on Saturday. She said she was going to try to straighten it out, but the whole thing is just so strange. I have never experienced anything like this before. It was getting to be annoying and then the two who were here Saturday night came back again last night and tried to explain again what was going on and showed me with a phone what the two Democrats running on the Republican ticket looked like. By that time I was completely confused. I was like, wait a minute, who is running for what here?”
Pullano echoed Corbi in saying that the complex often hosts events for both political parties come election season, and they hope to do so again this year.