Southern Brooklyn

Storobin Leads By 27 Votes As Board Of Elections Preps For Full Hand Recount


After last week’s decision by a New York Supreme Court judge that the allegedly fraudulent ballots in the 27th State Senate District race were, in fact, legitimate, the Board of Elections has completed their canvas – Republican David Storobin is in the lead by 27 votes.

The current count, according to a statement released by Councilman Lew Fidler’s campaign, Storobin’s Democratic opponent, is as follows:

  • Storobin: 11,082
  • Fidler: 11,055

That leaves a 0.12 percent difference between the two candidates, triggering a provision in BOE procedures that states that any race in which the margin between the two candidates is less than one-half percent of the total votes cast (in this race, 110 votes), a full hand recount of each and every vote cast must be done.

Regardless of who wins the seat, their influence has already been stunted in Albany. The legislative session ends in June, and, due to redistricting, the seat is slated to be eliminated come January. It’s possible that the winner will never cast a single vote.

However, at the very least, the race is a learning opportunity for the Board of Elections. The new electronic scanner machines implemented citywide in 2010 have never been saddled with a full hand recount. The BOE told Sheepshead Bites they’re not even sure how long the process will take.

“We have to open everything; every paper ballot [including paper returns from the electronic scanners]. It’s over 22,000 ballots,” said BOE spokesperson Valerie Vazquez. “We just have to make sure that there’s confidence in the election and that every vote that was cast was in fact counted.”

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  1. According to Frank Seddio (you’d have to start at the 5:18 mark in the video, unless you want to listen to Helene Weinstein), this is the closest election in New York State history. I think that factoid qualifies it to become a question in future editions of Trivial Pursuit.

  2. Maybe we should start calling south Brooklyn north Staten Island, when it comes to politics.  Who could be against a competitive 2 party system in south Brooklyn? 

  3. My question still is will the votes of the people who filled out an absentee ballot and also showed up at the polls to vote again be counted twice?

  4. When Democrats try to claim election fraud as the reason (or one of the reasons) they have lost a race in Brooklyn, that is comical to say the least. 

  5.  The answer is NO.  Election Law Section 9-209(2)(a)(i)(A) provides that if a person who submitted an absentee ballot voted in person for the same elction, then such envelope is laid aside unopened. 

  6. This is democracy in action! NOT!!!!
    Here’s another example of how f–ked up the BOE has been all these years.
    There’s gotta be a betta way!

  7. That may be the law, but I believe those envelopes were already opened because it wasn’t until the recount that this was publicized. I could be wrong though.

  8. The best thing that could happen in this so-called election would be for the dispute to remain in litigation until the question of who actually won becomes moot.  But, if anything good has come out of this fiasco, it’s the stark reminder that every single vote really does counts.  I can think of no better get-out-the-vote campaign than a prior election in which the other guy won because YOU stayed home.

  9. Oh c’mon people.  it is so obvious what happened here.  look at all the russians arrested for insurance fraud.  which russian wouldn’t cheat?  storobin cannot be trusted and of course that woman filled out ballots as she wanted to, for storobin, even if the voter intended to vote for fidler.  so storobin cheated and got away with it.  he will make it to the senate, and will pull a “kruger”, i have no doubt in his abilities to lie and steal.

  10. Not sure if Frank is right about that being the closest election, although he may be. Election Day November 7, 1978 in the 15th Assembly District (Nassau County) Angelo Orazio, the incumbent Democrat, hung on to win over Republican Daniel Frisa. The count at the end of the night when all precincts reported had Orazio up by 17 votes. Not sure of the final margin in the recount, but Orazio did win. Orazio was unseated 2 years later by Frisa who rode in on Ronald Reagan’s coattails. Frisa went on a few years later to unseat incumbent GOP Congressman David Levy in the Republican primary. That primary was the final nail in the last old school political machine left, the Nassau GOP. Frisa was eventually unseated from congress by Democrat Caroline McCarthy, who is still in that congressional seat to this day. A lot can happen by a few votes of people who do not think that their vote does not matter.

  11. I meant to say it was John Davanzo who was the GOP candidate against Angelo Orazio in 1978.  It was Frisa who unseated Orazio in 1980.  The point I was making was how much can change on a few votes.  If Davanzo won in 1978 Dan Frisa would have not had the opportunity to run in 1980.  How different things would have been.  A friend of mine at the Nassau County BOE just faxed me the final results from 1978 in the 15th Assembly District race.  Orazio (D) – 20,522.  Davanzo (R) – 20,493.  A 29 vote margin after the recount.  That is the number this race has to beat after the hand recount. 29 votes.   

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