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Wednesday, September 16, 2009

14th City Council District Gears Up for a Recount

Although at the end of last night 14th district City Council candidate Fernando Cabrera had 90 more votes than the incumbent, Maria Baez, Cabrera is not officially the Democratic primary winner. In fact, none of the primary elections have official winners yet.

Last night, when the polling sites closed at 9 p.m., polling officials gave their primary election results to the police, who then publically disclosed the information. However, under New York City Board of Elections policy, these voting results are not official.

The election results released from the polls are usually a clear indicator of who has won the race, but in each race every poll and paper vote needs to be counted and approved by the Board of Elections before a winner can be determined. In close races, such as in the 14th City Council district, the official Board of Elections count could possibly result in a different winner than in the original poll count.

According to Valerie Vasquez-Rivera, a spokesperson for the Board of Elections, the Board of Elections will follow normal recanvasing procedures where a bipartisan team opens up polling machines to get an official ballot count and then counts and validates all paper ballots (such as absentee ballots). Vasquez-Rivera expects the recanvasing procedures to be finished by September 21. All campaigns are welcome to observe the official Board of Elections counting process.

Baez would have to obtain a high majority of paper ballots to win the primary (see our post here), but she has refused to concede the race.

It is expected that Baez will continue to fight for her council seat to the bitter end.


  1. Valerie Vasquez-Rivera, is that Joel Rivera's wife?

  2. Yes, that's correct, she is the spokeswoman for the Board of Elections.
    -Jordan Moss

  3. scary for all of us. make no mistake, jose rivera and his minions have put soldiers in place who have done nothing but fend for themselves. and slowly but surely they and their methods are seeing the results of their ways.

    maria's defeat is the next step in the end of jose's kingdom which has done nothing but screw his own people - puerto rican people - in many bronx neighborhoods with his landing of a stadium and a filtration plant in bronx parks.

    he's no longer the head of the party and now his chosen queen is also gone. hopefully the rest of his family will see the end of their political lives soon enough.

  4. This paper knows that it was Jeffery Dinowitz who in the State Assembly spoke in behalf of the new Yankee Stadium. And by the way the new BP is looking forward to cutting the ribbon on the new filtration plant, along with the local elected officials.

  5. Hey you need to get your facts right. The county leader Jeffrey Dinowitz and Stanley Schlein are the ones that are in control of the Board of Election. So if you want to complaint about results or need a job call Stanley Schlime at 718 590-3535.

  6. What people need to know about the Norwood News is that they will never write anything negative about Jeffery Dinowitz, because he gives them $100,000. a year from his member items. This information is public record.

  7. The Norwood News receives no government money. Mosholu Preservation Corporation, the nonprofit that publishes the paper, does receive some money allocated by elected officials and government sources for its other programs. Most recently, MPC received $35,000 from Assemblyman Dinowitz for improvement (tree guards, area maps, etc.) to the Jerome-Gun Hill Business Improvement District, which MPC manages, and $20,000 from the State Parks Department on the assemblyman's recommendation for MPC's work in area parks.
    Jordan Moss
    Editor, Norwood News


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