Effort to Recall Easthampton City Councilor Falls Short

A nearly three-month long effort by Easthampton, Massachusetts residents to recall a city council member has failed. Residents began the process of collecting signatures to recall councilman Donald Cykowski in June, following a remark he made in a meeting last December, which many residents considered racist. 

Recall organizer Suzanne O’Donnell says she and other residents gathered 2,600 signatures, but that wasn’t enough to make the recall effort go forward.

“The city clerk went through and took out the ones that were not legible, or some people had signed more than once. For whatever reason, they weren’t valid. So we ended up, I just got the word this afternoon, 17 short.”

City Clerk Barbara LaBombard says the 2,218 signatures were certified, short of the necessary 2,235 signatures — which is 20% of eligible voters in the city. Cykowski apologized for his remarks in December, two weeks after making them. Calls to Cykowski were not immediately returned.