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NYC elections boss keeps post until city OKs replacement

 

NYC elections boss keeps post until city OKs replacement
NYC elections boss keeps post until city OKs replacement

NEW YORK DAILY NEWS

Tuesday, January 3, 2017, 6:47 PM

Controversial city Board of Elections commissioner Alan Schulkin, who was caught on tape making wild claims about voter fraud, is still on the job even though his term has expired.

Schulkin’s term expired Dec. 31, along with those of the other nine BOE commissioners — but he will keep the post until the City Council confirms a replacement.

The Manhattan Democratic Party nominated Jeanine Johnson, a staffer to party chairman Keith Wright, to take Schulkin’s spot after a conservative group released video of him railing about voter fraud.

In the video secretly filmed by Project Veritas, he claims the city’s municipal ID program is enabling “all kinds of fraud” and that organizations in black, Latino, and Chinese neighborhoods “bus people around” to vote at multiple poll sites. There is no evidence of either claim, and Mayor de Blasio and others called for him to resign over the rant.

Democratic Party machines in the other boroughs opted to re-nominate their current commissioners for new terms, which also require the Council to sign off.

Because the Council did not act on the nominations within 30 days, there will not be a public hearing and vote by the full body. Instead, the Democratic caucus must approve the nominations internally.

Johnson is not without controversy of her own, including drunken driving charges last year that ended in a plea deal.

Council spokeswoman Robin Levine said the body would take up nominations “soon” but a vote hasn’t been scheduled.

Republican county parties, meanwhile, did not make nominations for the five seats they control, leaving the matter in the hands of Council Republicans.

At its meeting on Tuesday, attended by holdover commissioners including Schulkin, the BOE elected Manhattan Republican Fred Umane as its president. He was previously president in 2013.

They also set a special election for an empty Harlem City Council seat for Feb. 14. Councilwoman Inez Dickens vacated the seat after being elected to the state Assembly.Send a Letter to the Editor

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