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Melinda Katz Declares Victory in Queens DA Primary As Election Saga Continues

Melinda Katz casting her vote in the June 25 election. (Melinda Katz)

July 4, 2019 By Christian Murray

Melinda Katz has declared victory in the Democratic primary for Queens District Attorney, following the manual recount on Wednesday of thousands of absentee and affidavit ballots.

The margin of victory over Tiffany Cabán was 20 votes, according to several well-placed sources. The City was the first publication to attribute the razor-thin margin to the Board of Elections.

The vote differential, however, is so slim that it will result in an automatic manual recount of all 80,000-plus ballots cast. A margin of victory below 450 votes (0.5 percent) triggers such a recount.

“We said from the beginning that every vote needs to be counted and that every voter needs to be heard and now we see clearly why this must always be the case,” Katz said in a statement. “I am proud to have been chosen as the Democratic nominee for Queens District Attorney.”

Katz anticipates a tough battle ahead before the election results are certified, expected to be done by mid July.

“We know that these numbers can and will be subject to the recount, and there may be legal challenges, but what matters most is the will of Queens voters….This is Democracy.”

Many Cabán supporters were stunned by the change of events. Cabán started the day 1,199 votes ahead of Katz only for the lead to vanish. They questioned the integrity of the BOE, which has a reputation of being staffed by party loyalists.

When Cabán declared victory on June 25, her supporters were convinced the results would hold, since they knew that Katz needed to win an overwhelming majority of the 6,300 absentee and affidavit ballots that had to be counted. Additionally, there were six candidates vying for the votes.

Yesterday’s count was controversial, since the BOE ruled out about 2,000 affidavit ballots. They were reportedly deemed invalid for a variety of reasons, including the ballot being mailed too late, the form being filled out incorrectly or the voter not being a registered Democrat.

The Cabán team plans to review the ballots to make sure every eligible vote is counted. Her team remains confident that she will prevail.

“Queens voters are inspired by Tiffany Cabán’s campaign and her vision for real criminal justice reform. If every paper ballot vote is counted, we are confident we will prevail.”

The winner is expected to face GOP nominee Daniel Kogan in November.

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59 Comments

barton

everyone knows that “gardens watcher” is a Crowley – and team Crowley has been working hard against caban and pro Katz – as they want to put a Crowley in to replace Katz as Queens borough president !
Every “gardens watcher” post is pro-Katz , and pro-Crowley.
Don’t forget Crowley is a slimy lobbyist now , he needs influence and he needs Katz to win !

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Gardens Watcher

Nope Barton, Elizabeth, etc. Not a Crowley, nor his relative, nor his employee, etc. Nor a name-changing, bogus poster from JH Post like you.

The Cabán Campaign finally put out the word for its supporters not to promote conspiracy theories. You’re not helping her cause and your beef with Crowley has been stuck in your craw for at least a year.

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20 won’t hold

Interesting how when Katz lost by 1200 her reaction was to demand a recount. When thousands of affidavit votes were thrown out and she went ahead by a mere 20 votes her reaction was to declare victory. This will be short lived.

If you only count 2/3 of the remaining vote and 2/3 of that sample bucked the trend by almost 25 points, then you have an unrepresentative sample and a result that cannot hold.

Finish the count!

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Gardens Watcher

Katz didn’t lose on election night—the race was too close to call. Cabán prematurely declared victory when there were thousands of absentee and affidavit votes to be counted. And then went on a victory lap with Ari Melber on MSNBC. There is no verified winner yet.

According to City&State, the Judge reportedly will not rule on the validity of the contested affidavit ballots (also known as the “provisional” ballots) until the manual recount of the machine ballots is completed. Plus there’s likely hundreds of machine ballots that were rejected by the machine, especially if a voter didn’t fill in the bubble properly. Some voters may have circled the bubble, some may have used a check mark, etc. This is going to take some time.

One thing is for sure: the vote tally will change again. Sit tight.

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CardyB

Board of Elections is corrupt, and all employees were appointed by Joe Crowley and Katz’s attorney Bolz ! They collected the absentee ballots ! Crooked til the end – Crowley, Bolz, Reich – all became multi-millionaires by controlling surrogates court in Queens – they need Katz to win-
Board of Elections in Queens controlled by Reich and Bolz and Crowley only reason Joe Crowley got appointed to Congress and stayed for 20 years – they kept all opponents off the ballot ! Their years of criminal election fraud should be investigated.

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Face reality

Caban’s decisive lead is insurmountable while Katz’ dozen vote lead simply is not. What has happened is a cynical exercise of gamesmanship by a party machine that will be rightfully dismantled when Caban’s lead is re-established. And if Katz improbably keeps her 25% lead among affidavit and absentee voters, it still won’t stop the progressive wave. There are violins playing at your establishment fundraisers. Look around you, the small band of insiders desperately trying to cling to power are really just marking the end of their era. You’re being replaced by millenials. It’s not the end of the world, it’s time catching up. Practice acceptance. Rest. Savor the memories of your youth and appreciate that others have taken the mantle to repair the egregious mistakes of the boomer generation. Reform is upon us.

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Face reality

And your point is? I’m sure it’s not about the cohort of progressive young legislators, some from Queens, reforming the laws incoming DA will enforce. Oops? I jest, partially, but maybe find other things to think about.

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Carbie Barbie

Count all the votes. Let them fall where they may. But who’s counting? Crowley appointees and Katz allies?

Suspicious…

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Anonymous

Dems are saying they can’t be trusted. Vote republican in the general election.

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Carly

If Katz does win, a lot of people will believe the recount was fixed. Absentee ballots usually mirror the election results but somehow Katz made up an over 1,000 vote difference in a few thousand paper ballots. It’s like the powers that be decided Caban was too radical and too inexperienced to be D.A. so they took it from her. If she doesn’t raise holy heck over this then they will have made a deal with her and she will get something else in the future.

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Gardens Watcher

Absentee ballots tend to be older voters. Or corporate professionals who may have been traveling on business. Not improbable that a good majority of them didn’t vote for Cabán.

The absentee ballots were opened in front of scores of witnesses and lawyers from both sides. So NOBODY “took it from her.” Cabán prematurely declared victory and that’s on her. It’s irresponsible to cry “fixed” when you have NO proof of that.

The Democratic Party voters are “the powers that be.” Not any “Machine.” And if you weren’t a properly registered member of the Democratic Party, you were not allowed to vote in the Democratic primary.

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Heidi

No matter what the outcome is we should continue the talk of legalizing sex work in NYC. Hope that goes through, enough is enough with the police raiding massage parlors and arresting sex workers after they get a freebie. Legalization protects sex workers from police abuse.

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Gardens Watcher

The “sex workers” want to be decriminalized, but not legalized, right? In other words, “Don’t arrest me, but don’t make me legal”, cause…why?

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LIC Direct

Okay so the election was stolen as I predicted – Now Tif Caban run as an independant.

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Dan

If this result holds, the Board of Elections needs to be criminally investigated. Caban should hold firm and fight for the affidavit ballots that got tossed.

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A.Bundy

glad Katz won. what a huge sigh of relief. hope everyone enjoyed the fireworks on 47th ave and 37th street. it had a stunning show last night. it felt like the entire local neighborhood came out to watch. it was spectacular. i think this was the nicest thing anyone has ever done for this community in queens. not even van bramer would have done anything this nice for the people. i’m sure it cost a pretty penny since the fireworks had to come from out of town, as it lasted for at least 2 hours. all the folks came out to enjoy. its too bad we have no green space parks in the area.

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Jerry

I want to see justice and fairness for all not stupidity and reverse racism. I hope this holds. Eliminating bail for all crimes is a stupid idea. If you don’t want to go to jail don’t commit the crime.

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wat

Reverse racism doesn’t exist. It’s all just racism. You should look that word up

>Eliminating bail for all crimes is a stupid idea

Right, that’s why no one has ever proposed it. Imagine being that gullible!

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Gardens Watcher

Appearance bonds? That must have been in the fine print somewhere.

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I agree, you had no idea what you were talking about

Wow, the fact that you had NO idea that she proposed appearance bonds really explains why you were so gullible and wrong.

It’s literally mentioned in this article lmao. Try reading it.

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Gardens Watcher

Your link doesn’t work.
You probably don’t either.

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Gardens Watcher

Where’s it mentioned on her website about appearance bonds?

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I agree, you had no idea what you were talking about

Good point, you didn’t even TRY to challenge the fact that you were completely wrong about appearance bonds, but you pretended anyway. It’s IN the article! 😂

But when you said bad things about a URL it was a great argument.

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El loco

I bet the 19 who disagreed were blacks or Hispanics who think everyone arrested was a setup.
STOP COMMITTING CRIME!

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The hipster insult hasn't been relevant since 2004

Nowadays old people like you are supposed to blame millennials for all their problems.

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no one says snowflake anymore either

unless they are parodying how Trump voters don’t have an original thoughts

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How do you know

How do you know that person is old? Could be younger than you. Your prejudice is showing.

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Arvin

Thank goodness Caban who has “spent her entire career as a public defender” has lost!..Her 4 years of legal experience in no way qualifies her to lead a team of prosocuters and detectives..Her socialist agenda is another story

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Why does she need more experience than the president?

Trump had exactly zero days as president, you’re saying that makes him unfit for office?!

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Arvin

You are undoubtedly a prime example of the failure of the NYC school system

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Gardens Watcher

Leave Trump out of this. False narrative. Deal with the valid point Arvin raised. Queens voters aren’t that gullible!

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Seems like a double standard

Caban actually had experience in her field. Our game show host had zero days experience.

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Fan of Dough Boy Park

And he still beat your self appointed queen. 2 totally different stories , but the “ what about that person over there “ narrative continues to be drummed. The 2 elections had nothing to do with each other. I know it kills you you can’t blame this on Trump somehow, Carbie.

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Thank you for agreeing, Trump needed zero days experience to be president

I was sure you wouldn’t have a single reason why she needs more experience than the president.

Here’s your 2 different stories:
1. a game show host with no experience loses the vote and becomes president
2. a queens DA with experience loses the vote

So it’s more important for a city DA to have experience than the PRESIDENT?
Surely you criticized his lack of experience too? lmao!

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Geoff

Thank God. Let’s hope this holds. Katz is not qualified, but Caban would be a nightmare.

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There is a light

Thank goodness. i was beginning to lose hope that Queens was running short on sensible people.

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George Kelly

I knew it all along..I’m a Republican by the way….Let’s see if it stands….

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Yeah all the unhinged rants kind of gave it away

> I’m a Republican by the way

Yeah…know lmao

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Gardens Watcher

Earlier in the day before the final vote was completed, the Queens Eagle reported that “Cabán’s campaign has called people who submitted affidavits to find out who they voted for.” Plus their lawsuit insists that each Paper Ballot AND the accompanying envelope be photocopied.

Seems like an Outrageous invasion of privacy!

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Nomdeplum

How come the Lawyer Cabán, declared victory on election night, knowing that there were thousands of absentee ballots to still be counted? And then, when they were counted and she loses she cries foul, blaming it on the MACHINE. There are many Dems who voted for Katz. Please don’t refer to us as the machine. In a Democracy one person, one vote.Am sure she learned that in LAW 101! And WHY are they looking at each person’s absentee ballot to make their name public? She’s a sore loser. My Lady thou doth protesteth too much!

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