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Political and Election Law

Abrams Fensterman lives at the intersection of law, government and politics. Our lawyers have been representing private clients and governmental clients, including political candidates, in election law matters for decades. Being successful in the political arena today involves far more than just getting on the ballot – continuous re-districting battles, complying with lobbying and other disclosure laws, for example. It also involves impact litigation – litigation to achieve and political result – either at the trial level or as an amicus curiae on appeal.


The team has practiced, written and lived in almost every kind of political law matter that arises. We represent and advise candidates for Congress, the New York State Legislature and local office in ballot access and campaign finance matters. We also litigate actively in political cases.


Former Judge Robert Spolzino – An Executive Partner at the firm and a former Justice of the Appellate Division, Judge Spolzino brings decades of experience as both a jurist and an election attorney to representing candidates, political organizations, and municipalities.


David Imamura – A Partner at Abrams Fensterman, LLP, he co-chairs the Firm’s Political Law Practice and is a member of the Civil Litigation and White-Collar Criminal Defense practice groups working out of the firm’s White Plains office. David previously served as Chair of the New York State Independent Redistricting Commission, is a Co-Author of Goldfeder on Election Law (6th edition, October 2022), and is Co-Chair of the Irvington Democratic Committee. Imamura brings substantial experience in helping candidates get on the ballot, complying with state and federal campaign finance law, as well as redistricting law.


Jeffrey Cohen and Bob Spolzino were both elected as Justices of the New York State Supreme Court and then appointed to the Appellate Division.


Some of our recent and most notable successes include:

  • We have filed a lawsuit against the Town of Newburgh, a municipality in the Hudson Valley under the New York State Voting Rights Act to prevent racial voter suppression.
  • We commenced the first and third proceedings under the New York State Voting Rights Act to bring an end to racially polarized voting in the Town of Mount Pleasant, Westchester County.
  • Successfully defeated a candidate who filed a certificate of nomination for a public office that the Town of Ramapo, Rockland County, had eliminated.
  • Successfully defeated the term limits law that was seen as barring the re-election of the Supervisor of the Town of Clarkstown, Rockland County, arguing successfully in New York’s highest court, the Court of Appeals.
  • We successfully forced a candidate for Westchester County Legislature off the ballot based on the invalidity of the signatures on his designating petition.
  • We successfully enforced the term limits law of the Town/Village of Harrison, Westchester County, to defeat the candidacy of a Former Supervisor.
  • Defending the redistricting of the Rockland County Legislature, defeating a petition for a writ of certiorari
  • Defended the result of the judicial convention for the Ninth Judicial District (Westchester, Dutchess, Orange, Rockland and Putnam Counties) against a challenge by an unsuccessful candidate.
  • Successfully compelled the Town of Yorktown, Rockland County, to stop a construction project blocking access to the Town’s most active polling place that it commenced a week for Election Day.


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For further information about our election law practice, please contact our law firm today on Long Island at 516-328-2300, in Brooklyn at 718-215-5300, White Plains at 914-607-7010, Rochester at 585-218-9999 or Albany at 518-535-9477.

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For further information about our experience, please contact our law firm on Long Island at 516-328-2300, in Brooklyn at 718-215-5300, White Plains at 914-607-7010, Rochester at 585-218-9999 or Albany at 518-535-9477 to schedule an initial consultation.

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