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Queens DA Primary Recount Is Complete; Katz Campaign Declares Victory

July 25, 2019, Jackie Strawbridge

The recount in the Queens District Attorney Democratic primary race completed today, with Borough President Melinda Katz declaring victory over public defender Tiffany Cabán.

“Now that every valid vote has been counted and recounted, the results confirm once again that the people of Queens have chosen Melinda Katz as the Democratic nominee for District Attorney,” Katz campaign adviser Andrew Kirtzman said in a statement.

The Board of Elections has not yet released the certified results, however Katz reportedly appears to have a lead of roughly 60 votes.

There are also about 100 uncounted affidavit ballots that remain in dispute. These ballots had been invalidated due to technical errors in how they were filled out.

Cabán is challenging the invalidation of these ballots in court. The next court date is Aug. 6.

The Cabán campaign did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Katz’s declaration of victory.

The primary was held on June 25 and Cabán initially held a lead over Katz of more than 1,000 votes—until affidavit and absentee ballots were counted, ultimately putting Katz 16 votes ahead.

That narrow gap triggered the recount. All told, more than 90,000 were manually sorted and then recounted in a process that began on July 9.

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Gardens Watcher

Per the Queens Board of Elections website, there’s a meeting in Manhattan today, 7/29 at 1PM called a “Special Meeting of the Sub-Committee of the Board of Canvassers to Certify the Primary Election for the Office of the District Attorney in Queens County”

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Barkan

We know that Reich Crowley Bolz Sweeney rigged the outcome.

Their corrupt puppet Board of Election director Michael Ryan “certified” their results. Look him up? How many ethics violations does he have?

I think some journalist will win a Pulitizer soon on uncovering the suppression of democracy in Queens by Crowley, Bolz, Reich, Sweeney and Katz. They will and should be convicted. Twenty years of election tampering needs to end.

Gardens Watchers still has not put up a single argument as to why and how Katz , who has never argued in a courtroom, should win? Nor has he come up with any defense that Joe Crowley ever won an election legitimately?

Pulitzer anyone? Let them certify and sink their ship further. Good luck Crowley, Bolz, Sweeney, Reich and Katz! Crowley should have supported the closure of Rikers – instead of favoring real estate developers! He may regret that?

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Gardens Watcher

Katz should win if she had the most votes. Looks like she won.

I don’t care about Crowley and don’t know why you do sooo much.

Why don’t you bring your case against “the Machine” before Judge Ingram at the next court date, now moved up to 7/31? You could file a class action suit with all your aliases!

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Anonymous

So you’re saying the Democratic Party is corrupt? I don’t disagree, vote Republican.

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Reggie

We were 61 votes away from poop hitting the fan. I’m no fan of Katz, but she was the lesser of two evils. Better to go with the devil that you know.

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BigJim

First Sklarz now Caban,the people are finally starting to reject these progressive/aggressive whack-jobs.

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Anon E. Mouse

From, the pictures, they dress so much alike you would think they are in a cult. Oh, wait! They’re Queens Democrats politicians. They ARE in a cult!

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Mac

Anon E Mouse- No bigger cult than the Southern Baptist wing of the Republican Party.

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Paul

Our city is so Corrupt. They shouldn’t be allowed to just toss away votes like garbage. That’s voter disenfranchisement at it’s best.

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Gardens Watcher

So you’re comfortable with having a Judge make the decision on what constitutes a “technical error,” or if the affidavit envelope “substantially complied?”

The election laws that were in effect on the primary Election Day should apply, not the laws you wish we had. Hope this Judge follows the rule of law.

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Ben

The rise of progressives is inevitable. They’ll face revolt if they try to suppress the people.

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Gardens Watcher

Revolt? Who’s the “they” who are suppressing “the people?” Get real, comrade.

Only validly registered Democrats could vote in the primary. Sounds like you don’t really want to be part of the Democratic Party. You just want to blow it up.

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Sara Ross

When’s the last time Melinda practiced law or worked on any kind of legal matter? There’s a park in Forest Hills that was named after her father (her real last name, Katzman) for many years and his name was taken off. Just wondering. God help Queens.

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Melinda

Katz is not even an attorney! This is a joke, rigged by the corrupt Queens Machine. Her father was a musician. Everyone who works in Queens politics knows that Crowley attorneys Bolz and Reich run the Queens BOE and rigged the absentee ballots and affadavit votes for Katz.

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Gardens Watcher

Umm, wrong. Katz is an attorney.

Wonder how much of the anti-Democratic party comments are from GOP, and how much from the DSA?

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Barkan

Sorry, specifically, she went to law school, but barely practiced law, and she wants the job as Queens’ top prosecutor , but she has never been a prosecutor? and has zero courtroom experience.

Please explain why she is qualified? She has never even expressed interest in judicial reform ? and all three newspapers in NY, Post, Daily News and NY Times says she is unqualified to be top prosecutor.

Only reason she is even in the race is because corrupt Queens Machine wants her to be their puppet.Crowley wants a family member to take her job as borough president. It’s a corrupt scam.

Katz is not qualified in any sense of the word.

Pure corruption.

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Anon

Caban has been a public defender, not a prosecutor for all of six years. She has publicly acknowledged that she would not follow the law. She would only prosecute crimes she deemed worthy. That is not the DAs job, that is the legislature ‘s job.

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Anon E. Mouse

Check your facts. Katz has a law degree from St. John’s and worked as an attorney at Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

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Gardens Watcher

The Board of Elections will reportedly certify the results next Tuesday. But both sides have been keeping daily tallies, so looks like Katz won.

QNS.com report quotes Caban’s attorney: “According to Goldfeder, a victor is declared in a recount regardless of a slim margin.”

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Missy Woodside

Caban cant accept she lost race.
Glad she lost – dont want another AOC .
I vote dfor Katz – good choice .

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coced

slightly better choice i would say )) as for AOC – God help us all if that continues

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Brian Recher

Cabán would have been a horrible, horrible District Attorney. She said she wouldn’t have prosecuted turnstile jumpers. What kind of message is that? What’s next? She doesn’t have a clue. It’s all show and no substance with her.

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Resident

Maybe now we can start to get back to reality and let these pesky wannbe communists crawl back into their little hives.

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Not sure what communism has to do with this

Were you trying to say socialism? Or you’re just too stupid to know the difference?

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Resident

I meant exactly what I said.

“Socialists” are simply junior varsity communists. That’s where it leads.

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El loco

Yes, a win for the moderates. Stop the extremists on both sides! No more extremists for either party.

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Sunnyside Mueller

There should be an investigation into possible foreign interference of the election.

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Gardens Watcher

There should be a law against repeating the same link twice in one article. And for posting the same tired comments under various fake names.

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Resident

AOC didn’t even fill out her own application to run! They don’t let you apply using a crayon.

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Mama Woodside

Caban get a grip .
You dont need to drag this any longer .
We dont need you . So let it rip & move forward.

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Barkan

If Katz wins it as rigged by Crowley attorneys Bolz and Reich.
Team Caban should check with every absentee and affidavit voter to check if they are authentic. see NY Times story on how Queens BOE corruption works.

From The New York Times:

How a Political Machine Works: Candidates Running for 21 Seats, All Unaware

In Queens, Democratic bosses run candidates without their consent for a board that sets party policy, even as reformers get kicked off the ballot.

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/08/24/nyregion/queens-candidates-nominated-without-knowing.html

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Jenna

thanks for sharing that NY times piece, it’s crazy how the machine works! keeping my fingers crossed that those 100 affidavit ballots work out for Caban

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Resident

Do you really consider the New York Times, who are strictly purveyors of “All ‘Orange Man Bad All the Time'” and “All the News that Fits Our Narrative” to be a legitimate news organization? If so, I’ve got a plummeting news network to sell you: CNN. The NYT has zero credibility at this point and hasn’t since the 2016 election. Historical note: At 11 a.m. on that election day they had Shillary’s chances @ 97% . They never recovered from the blow and devoted themselves entirely toward pushing a leftist agenda.

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Johnny

Yeah but NY Post and Daily News both also say Katz is not qualified to be top prosecutor! She haze ZERO courtroom experience- she is a puppet of the Machine- they want in the job, as she will continue to turn a blind eye – to their lucrative corruption in surrogate’s court and beyond.

No one can explain why Katz should have a job she has zero experience to hold?

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Ironically "‘Orange Man Bad" is the most nuanced criticism Trump lovers can understand

Please Fox News viewer, tell us more about how you pretend to not like biased fact-free news.

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Oh, Lily

A BIG HA HA HA. I said she would win. She is better than Caban, a woman who likes criminals, but not by much.

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Bernie

Katz has never practiced law? Can anyone explain why she should be a district attorney? plus she is a puppet of the corrupt Queens Machine?

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