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AFFIDAVIT
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STATE OF NEW YORK )
COUNIT OF ERIE ) ss. ·
CITY OF BUFFALO )

I, Diana Cihak, being duly sworn, says:


1. My name is Diana Cihak. I reside at 22 Elmview Place, Buffalo, NY.
2. At the time of the preparation of the petitions, I was political advisor to
Antoinette Craig, Melanie McMahan, and Bernice Radle.
3. For each of them, I prepared the designating petition that is at issue in this case.
4. I was asked to prepare petitions for several candidates as I have done many
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times before. The form


. I use is derived from the. one made available on the
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State Board of Elections website, but I made edits, including adding


"Democratic" before Designating Petition" each time.
5. Each of the candidates for Common Council requested a form with more·
signature lines than the one I normally use. This is a tricky process because the
formatting of each section is a challenge due to margins and size and changing
formats between PDF and a Word document to do the edits to a table.
6. I had a Board of Education petition that had more signature lines and I noticed
. it was different above the signature lines and on the very bottom, but I thought
that the witness statements were the same so I married the two formats together
to try to achieve what they were requesting.
7. In fact, the Board of Education petition witness statements do not specify the
political affiliation of the witness.
8. I ran this format by several experienced individuals and none ofus noticed the
very small difference in the witness statement We would have, of course,
changed it immediately. In fact, no one realized the issue until the petitions
were filed and someone at the Board noticed. ·
9.·When I train people to circulate petitions I always emphasize the need that, for
a standard format, the witness needs to be a member of the'party they are
circulating petitions for. I also included that information as part of a training
video I made for the candidates to use in training their volunteers, memorialized
on thumb drive, Appendix to Exhibit B.

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10. At no time was there any consideration or any intention to mislead signatories
to the petition.

Buffalo, New York


April 19, 2019

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Swor to me this
Day of-l7 ,20]
27." KIRSTEN A. ANDERSON
Notary Public, State of New York
Registration No. Q1AN6371090
Qualified in Erig County <y
no,, Commission Expire s Feb 20, 20,z'

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