The case Tuesday before the Manhattan federal Court of Appeals got to the constitutional question for which there is only one answer: Can New York State force political parties to endorse candidates for president or face extinction? Of course not, but that’s just what Albany wants to do, and what Appeals Judges Robert Sack, Michael Park and Steven Menashi must prevent.
The Serve America Movement Party, or SAM Party, focuses on local concerns and won a ballot line fair and square when its gubernatorial contender earned sufficient votes last time around. But Capitol poo-bahs decided that they didn’t like small parties — Gov. Cuomo has long had it in for the Working Families Party — and wrote a law dictating that all parties must also clear a presidential minimum tally from New York voters.