Mario J. Gregori, a North Tonawanda attorney who is listed as a registered Republican, announced this week. that he is the interim Niagara County chairman of the new SAM Party, which stands for Serve America Movement.
He asked any candidates who want the SAM line to contact him by Monday.
However, Owen Stone, who said he is the party's New York State media spokesman, said Thursday that Gregori is not chairman, but he was authorized to vet candidates.
"Mario does not hold any official role with the organization, but he's been very helpful," Stone said.
Gregori said Tuesday that he was asked to take charge by Eric Carter, a member of the state executive committee of the Denver-based centrist party.
The Niagara County Board of Elections said the SAM Party, which has no registered members, has not submitted the name of a county chairman.
Stone said candidate nominations must come from the executive committee by Sept. 1, and he thought it "really unlikely" that any new candidates would be chosen at this point.
The SAM party was assured an automatic ballot position in New York for the next four years when its candidate for governor, former Syracuse Mayor Stephanie A. Miner, polled 55,441 votes last November.