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Orangetown Supervisor Election: Final Ruling Still Pending

It may be Monday, Dec. 9 before Judge Victor J. Alfieri makes his final rulings.

Oral testimony was completed Tuesday in court proceedings related to the Orangetown Supervisor election, but a final ruling by Judge Victor J. Alfieri will have to wait until Friday at the earliest, possibly Monday, Dec. 9.

According to Rockland County Elections Commissioner Kristen Stavisky, memoranda of law are due from the attorneys by 5 p.m. Thursday, a full month after election day.

Incumbent Democrat Andy Stewart currently has an unofficial total of 6,161 votes to 6,158 for Republican challenger Walter Wettje. There are still 12 absentee ballots that have not been counted pending a challenge by Stewart. Alfieri must rule on those, as well as challenges to votes that have already been counted. There is also a chance that an appeal would be filed once Alfieri makes his final rulings.

For more on the legal proceedings to this point, see this report on Patch.
Mike December 04, 2013 at 07:07 AM
It would be nice if the Patch gave more details on why the votes are in dispute. In yesterday's article there were 41 votes in question for "statutory" reasons. What does this mean. Was signature illegible? Was it incomplete? Can we characterize these disputed votes as merely technical in nature? How many of these challenges from Stewarts team fall into this category. On the other hand, are there any votes in question that are fraudulent in nature? Do we have dead people voting? Do we have non-residents voting? These would be valid challenges. Can someone here provide thise details. This all speaks to the character and leadership of Stewart
Mike December 04, 2013 at 08:35 AM
We the taxpayers are paying for the costs of the legal proceedings. Stewart and at least the local Dem party (would be interesting to see if state or even national Dem party is contributing) is paying for his hired guns to defranchise voters.
mary December 11, 2013 at 09:54 AM
This is the most ridiculous thing I have ever seen, one reason politicians are liked less and less. It is now five weeks. How long does it take to count a ballot. I mean even if it was thousands of ballots, 2nd graders could have had an answer the next day. Don't trust anything Alfieri or Johns is involved with.

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