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Irregularities Looked at in Judicial Race


Andrea Masley may challenge Chan's win along with David Cohen

by Yori Yanover

Rumors throughout the district are that Margaret A. Chan’s narrow lead in yesterday’s vote for Civil Court Judge in Manhattan’s Second District is mired in irregularities and may be challenged by one or both of her opponents, David Cohen and Andrea Masley.

Complaints about Chan’s election day operation range from paying off rival campaign workers to go AWOL to tinkering with the voting process itself. We will pursue the story as the week goes by, and will provide responses from all the campaigns. Expect the story to be picked up by the major news sources in town by Monday, when the paper and absentee ballots are counted.

At this point Chan is leading Cohen by fewer than 50 votes.

5 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

David worked very hard and did everthing right. I hope he wins this in the end.

9/14/2006 3:54 PM  
Blogger Judae1 said...

David ran a very smart campaign and worked extremely hard. Anyone who doubts that is just blowing smoke. Whatever the outcome of an official counting of the machine ballots, the paper and the absentee ballots, there is no doubt that Judge Cohen is a winner for his conduct and his performance. Be it now, or at a future time, he will be a Civil Court Judge that even those who did not support him will be proud of.

9/14/2006 5:52 PM  
Anonymous Gilad weinreb said...

All of these disturbing allegations are well and good, but inconsequential if no one is willing to investigate this candidate further and if a judicial committee simply waves these off as sour grapes from supporters of the losing candidates.

If the Observer, Daily News or even better, Jon Hicks at the Times would just take a few hours of their day to see what , if any at all, is true or not, this can be settled prior to Ms. Chan being sworn in. There is enough to look at. Chan may even face disbarment for some of her callous actions toward the judiciary.

Josh Benson, Ben Smith, David Seifman, Stephanie Gaskell, Maggie Haberman, Jonathan Hicks – there may be a bigger story here than coordinated nonsense on a blog. I don’t see people making stuff like this up about a potential judge if some were not truly real. Be the star, make a name, take a look and bring her down – if that is what the evidence finds.

9/15/2006 9:50 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Look guys: we now know that David is going to lose the official count. As of today he is already behind by over 100 votes. So we have to go heavy with the smear campaign against Margaret Chan.

You're right, we have to be more coordinated than the blogs. Like the republicans, if you throw enough at them, the public will convict her before they here the facts. Can't we get Masley to make an ethics complaint? She's always been pliable. Use anything, just to keep it alive.

9/16/2006 10:55 PM  
Anonymous YY said...

Since the paper ballots are going to be counted starting Monday, I believe the gap right now is 49 votes, not 100.

9/17/2006 2:33 AM  

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