Ward 3 candidates challenged

The first challenge was Arthur Williams (right) against Christopher Pike (left)

The board heard statements from Arthur Williams who challenged the legitimacy of his competitor's eligibility on the grounds of an incomplete application and questioning the official submission time of the appropriate documents.

"I felt compelled to challenge because after twenty two and a half years their has always been a process to qualify" says Williams.

Christopher Pike says the challenge wasn't a major issue in the race. "Its just a distraction from the issues we have with our city, with the government, and its typical politics that we don't need" says Pike.

After Williams challenge to Pike failed, Williams wasn't off the hot seat yet because the next challenge was against him.

Lon McNiel challenged Williams' eligibility because of tax liens. "It's not about the issues, its about the process. You can't just ask questions, you have to find the answer" says McNiel.

McNiel dug up records and brought them to the board who voted that despite personal tax issues â" according to the law, Williams is eligible.

"I'm fine with that, now we can get on running a campaign discussing Albany's future and facing this town" says McNiel.