The head of town Board of Elections that’s now embroiled in its worst controversy for botching New York’s mayoral major depend has been on medical go away for months, leaving the already struggling company within the fingers of his quantity two, The Post has realized.
Board of Elections govt director Mike Ryan’s deputy, Dawn Sandow, is a Bronx Republican political appointee, who a fellow GOP official described as unqualified to run the board for town’s first mayoral ranked-choice election.
“She is a disaster,” mentioned the source. “She isn’t very qualified to run a large agency.”
Sandow, who for years labored for former state Sen. Guy Velella, has for a very long time had a “strong hand” on the embattled, patronage-laden company, a City Council source instructed The Post. Velella in 2002 was indicted on 25 bribery and conspiracy counts.
Ryan didn’t seem on the BOE’s Council finances listening to in May, when Sandow took his place.
Ryan on Tuesday instructed The Post from his Staten Island dwelling that he has stage 4 most cancers. He has been on go away since March, as Sandow has taken the helm of the company, the BOE confirmed.
Sandow was not at a Bronx handle listed in public data, when The Post tried to attain her for remark, and didn’t reply the door of an handle listed in Rockland County, although a neighbor mentioned she lived there.
In 2006, Sandow was appointed deputy chief clerk on the board’s Bronx places of work, after being govt director of the county’s Republican Party starting in 1998. Sandow voted within the Bronx from 2001 by 2004 and in 2006 whereas residing in New City, Rockland County, the Department of Investigation found in 2008.
On Tuesday, the mayoral election was thrown right into a state of chaos when first-round lead holder Eric Adams and others famous that preliminary outcomes launched within the afternoon confirmed 941,832 votes had been solid for the Democratic mayoral nomination — a major enhance from the 799,827 ballots counted on major day.
The BOE then issued an announcement citing an “irregularity” before knocking down the vote tallies from its website online. It explained late Tuesday night that the discrepancy was attributable to unintentionally together with about 130,000 “test” leads to the vote depend.
“It has been determined that ballot images used for testing were not cleared from the Election Management System (EMS),” the board mentioned in a tweeted statement.
“When the cast votes were extracted for the first pull of RCV [ranked choice voting] results, it included both test and election night results, producing approximately 135,000 additional records,” the board went on. “The board apologizes for the error and has taken immediate measures to ensure the most accurate up to date results are reported.”
The BOE is run by commissioners chosen by the county Democratic and Republican events, a state constitutional dictate, and has largely quashed efforts to reform its operations.
Because they don’t reply to the governor or mayor, little has been achieved to reform their operations.
Tuesday’s poll botching represented the newest — and possibly worst — in a number of years of missteps by the BOE.
The board admitted to violating election legal guidelines by purging 200,000 voters from its rolls forward of the 2016 presidential major. That 12 months, 20 p.c of skilled ballot employees didn’t show up to work on Election Day.
In November 2018, high election day humidity rendered its new, $56 million scanners inoperable.
And in the course of the 2020 presidential primaries, the board disqualified 80,000 ballots, as a result of officers weren’t prepared to deal with the enhance in mailed votes solid due to in-person voting considerations attributable to the COVID-19 pandemic.