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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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jb

I hope that Greg Lasak runs on the independent ticket.
Katz will not work for Queens interests. She hasn’t for
quite a while.
She wants to run for Mayor.

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Gardens Watcher

Katz has never left Queens. When has she NOT worked in the best interest of Queens?

The primary isn’t certified yet. Even then, there will be court battles to resolve. Let’s see who the Democratic candidate is first.

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jb

Perhaps you are not aware that Queens has lost thousands of jobs in the past few months? CitiBank left LIC. Others, including Chase are closing branches. Katz did nothing to try and keep Amazon. Oh that’s right. Amazon is evil, evil, evil and rents would just soar in LIC. Sure. A few thousand jobs lost there as well. Houses went up for sale up and down my street.
Katz wants to shut down Rikers. Wonder if it has anything to do with her accepting campaign funds from developers.
It will be cool living down the street from a jail packed with Rikers inmates. Oh, that’s right. They’re all pussycats. Just ask the current DA. Katz did nothing to stop the De Blasio homeless shelter a mile from my house. De Blasio led us to believe it would house families. In fact there are a number of mentally ill men lurking in our neighborhood now. hey, good for the kids though. Toughen them up!
Yeah, Katz is the greatest. She’ll make a great DA.

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Gardens Watcher

Lasak only managed to get around 15 percent of the primary vote, and Cabán voters aren’t likely to vote for him over Katz in November. So I doubt he would make a run as an independent.

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geo

Very few people voted in the primary.
So that wouldn’t be much of an indicator.

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