The Court of Appeals, in an opinion per curiam, reversing the Appellate Division, over a three-judge dissent, determined the designating petition was permeated by fraud and must be invalidated:
… [W]here appropriate, a court may … conclude that, “because of its magnitude[,]” fraud and irregularity established by clear and convincing evidence “so permeated’ the [designating] petition as a whole to call for its invalidation” … .
Based on the undisputed facts of this matter, which establish, among other things, “that 512 out of 944 signatures submitted in the [designating] petition are backdated to dates preceding the candidate’s receipt of the blank petition pages,” and that “14 of the 28 subscribing witnesses” swore that those signatures were placed on the designating petition before the blank petition pages were obtained from the printer (… cf. Election Law § 6-134 ), the lower courts should have concluded that this is one of those rare instances in which the designating petition is so “permeated” by fraud “as a whole as to call for its invalidation” … . Matter of Ferreyra v Arroyo, 2020 NY Slip Op 02994, CtApp 5-21-20