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Board of Elections Certifies Queens DA Results Naming Melinda Katz Winner, Race Not Over

The BOE certifies the results of the Queens District Attorney’s race and names Melinda Katz the winner Queens (Photo: Melinda Katz)

July 29, 2019 By Allie Griffin

The Board of Elections unanimously certified the election results in the contested Queens District Attorney Democratic Primary race today, naming Borough President Melinda Katz victorious over public defender Tiffany Cabán.

Despite the board’s certification, the race is far from over, as Cabán’s campaign continues to contest more than 100 affidavit ballots in court that it says were erroneously invalidated by the BOE. The next court hearing is set for July 31.

In a statement, a Cabán campaign spokesperson said they viewed the outcome of the election “undetermined” until the court renders its decision.

“Today’s certification by the BOE is a formality that will allow our campaign to move forward with its efforts to restore wrongly invalidated ballots in court,” said campaign spokesperson Monica Klein.

“Our campaign is fighting to protect Queens voters from being disenfranchised and allow their voices to be heard. Eligible voters’ ballots must not be disqualified due to the BOE’s failure to provide them with adequate assistance and guidance at polling sites. Until then, the outcome of this election remains undetermined.”

Katz beat Cabán by about 60 votes following the manual recount, according to published reports.

The contested affidavit ballots, 114 in total, were tossed out by the BOE since they contained voter errors or were cast at the wrong polling site. The majority of these ballots—roughly 70—were not counted because the voter did not clearly state their party affiliation.

The court ordered that the BOE had to certify the current results before Cabán’s campaign could legally contest the uncounted votes.

“More than a 100 ballots cast by eligible and registered Democratic voters continue to hang in the balance, and will determine the final outcome of this election,” said the campaign’s attorney Jerry Goldfeder.

The primary was held on June 25 with Cabán originally leading Katz by more than 1,199 votes, until affidavit and absentee ballots were counted, putting Katz ahead by a mere 16 votes. The small margin called for a manual recount in which more than 90,000 ballots were sorted and recounted.

Katz welcomed the board’s announcement and said she was holding a party for her supporters tonight at a Forest Hills bar/restaurant called Banter tonight to celebrate.

“This is a great day for the people of Queens, who have waited patiently for the long recount process to conclude. Today, the Board of Elections certified that we have won the campaign for the Democratic primary for Queens District Attorney. I am grateful to the Board, and particularly to the dozens of BOE employees who undertook the painstaking work of evaluating each of the over 90,000 votes cast in the primary.”

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Joan F,

My friend sent this from Astoria.

This how they trying to steal election!

Caban take notice!

Election was rigged for Katz by Queens BOE.
indisputable facts

1- Joe Crowley’s attorneys, Long Islanders- Bolz, Reich and Sweeney have run the Queens BOE for decades and in charge of giving blessing, or hiring, every employee at Queens BOE.

2- Sweeney Reich Bolz, Crowley and many attorneys in his family have all become multi-millionaires due their control of Queens elected officials and corruption in surrogates court.

3- Joe Crowley , now a lobbyist (the most disgusting profession in the world) , needs Katz to win, because as a lobbyist he needs “influence” in NY and Queens to increase his “value”. His brother Sean Crowley, and brother-in-law Ramon Martinez also lobbyists! plus cousins need Katz in courts, so a family of crooks- and they all need to retain connections and “influence” , hence Katz will continue to be their puppet.

4- Katz , who is running to be DA, the chief prosecutor of Queens has ZERO court experience and never prosecuted a case in her life! Crowley/Bolz?Reich/Sweeney chose her, and they plan to put a Crowley in as Borough President if Katz wins, and they also need to keep their control of surrogates court to keep raking in the corrupt dollars.

5. Everyone in Queens politics (Meng, VanBramer, Meeks, Nolan etc) aware of this corruption and suppression of democracy for over 20 years, basically Crowley, Bolz, Reich and Sweeny HAVE CHOSEN EVERY SINGLED ELECTED OFFICIAL in QueensCrowley , who was initially “appointed” to Congress, kept his seat for 20 yrs cuz Bolz, Reich, and Sweeney blocked (illegally) everyone else from getting on ballot.

6. AOC slipped past Bolz, and got on ballot, they arrogantly did not worry about a 28 yr old Latina bartender socialist.

7. Crowley never “served” constituents, he moved to Virginia, arrogantly thinking he should represent Queens and the Bronx from Virginia, served himself, he is not very bright lacks charisma, inarticulate and basically sat in D.C. acting like a lap dog for Hilary Clinton and then Nancy Pelosi. Little talent, but he did whatever Clinton and Pelosi told him to, so he could climb the ladder. Pelosi will soon be embarrassed by the fact that he was never even legitimately elected to Congress, and she was “grooming” a corrupt phony.

8)Bottom line – BOE has a history of corruption, “creating” ballots, donors, rigging elections, blocking viable opponents – guarantee that if they investigated all the absentee ballots, affidavits and check with the actual “voters” – fraud will be discovered.

Crowley, Sweeney, Reich, Bolz and Katz will be found out. Rigging this elections sealed their fates. Someone suggested a Pulitizer for the journalist who uncovers it the fact that Queens has not had a democratically elected official in decades- thanks to Virginia Joe Crowley and his three attorneys from Long Island.

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Gardens Watcher

Caban’s campaign has distanced themselves from wild conspiracy theories like yours, and rightfully so. Your propaganda machine keeps spitting out the same tired screed on every post. No stealing of the election and no evidence of fraud, comrade.

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Ditmars

“Gardens watcher “ is not upset that Crowley-led corruption, and suppression of democracy in Queens for decades ?
You are upset it is being exposed?

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Gardens Watcher

These posts have moved from mere distractions and are getting more unhinged by naming public officials. Editor needs to take note before some nut decides to do something about this.

From today’s NYTimes op-Ed:

“Cesar Sayoc Jr., the man who sent package bombs to Democrats and journalists he viewed as hostile to Trump, was sentenced to 20 years in prison. In a court filing, his defense lawyers describe how he was radicalized. “He truly believed wild conspiracy theories he read on the internet, many of which vilified Democrats and spread rumors that Trump supporters were in danger because of them.”

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Ditmars guy

If caban loses – queens loses –
Katz is not even qualified – daily news , ny post , ny times all reported that she never ever prosecuted a case and had no court experience – she was a real estate lobbyist or something –
She was placed on the ballot by corporate Dems who will make her do their bidding.

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Ditmars guy

Duh – Caban has extensive courtroom experience and several years experience in queens justice system- Katz has zero court experience – you really think a real estate lobbyist should be chief prosecutor in Queens ? Why??

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Gardens Watcher

Cabán is not a prosecutor. She is a public defender, practicing in MANHATTAN, not Queens.

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Why should Cabán have more experience than the president?

Experience doesn’t matter anymore.

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Gerard Sunnyside

No surprise – this election was rigged for Katz from the start, just like every other election in Queens for past two decades – winners are always “picked” by Virginia Joe Crowley, and the three Long Island attorneys who control the Queens BOE- Bolz, Reich and they have literally chosen every single elected official in Queens overnight past 20 years and control BOE to make sure their “pick” wins. Plus all four game become multi millionaires off their corruption in controlling courts, and more.

This outcome was rigged by them “banking” absentee ballots. They need to check if those voters named on the absentee ballots actually filled them out .

Only reason AOC got on was cuz Bolz underestimated her and she slipped on ballot – they so arrogant- they did not even realize that Virginia Joe Crowley has about 1 percent name recognition in Queens/Bronx. Only reason people ever heard of him as he is the arrogant guy who AOC beat!

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Gardens Watcher

Oh, now you’re saying absentee ballots are suspect because they were somehow “banked?” Enough of your unfounded BS theories.

Why so obsessed with Crowley? Move on. He held that seat in Congress for years, so he had name recognition.

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Gerard

Everyone in Queens politics knows that Crowley’s attorneys Bolz Reich and Sweeney have corruptly run the BOE in Queens for decades? You can’t deny that. Crowley’s kind island attorney’s need to make sure Katz wins. Crowley only stayed in office for 20 years because Bolz Reich and Sweeney rigged elections and threatened away all competiton.

None of this can be denied. If Katz wins – it was rigged, and bitter, illegitimate Crowley is behind it all.

Problem with Crowley is he suppressed democracy in Queens for decades – illegally.

If you think that’s ok then maybe you should move to Moscow!

They are incriminating themselves.

And Virgina Joe’s name recognition in the district he illegitimately led ,
Was less than 3 percent! Look it up.

Voter suppression and election tampering is a crime- how can that be justified ?

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Gardens Watcher

Your propaganda machine is working overtime, comrade. Time to give it a rest. Or move back to Moscow. Or is it Shanghai?

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Gardens Watcher

There were 68 write-in votes, many written as a joke (i.e. Giuliani, Donald Duck). The margin of victory was less than that. Think twice about throwing away your vote like that next time.

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