There were close to 70,000 Absentee ballots requested in the Bronx and over 700,000 citywide. There was a claim that the Board of Elections didn’t have enough envelopes for all the requested absentee ballots, and another that not all were sent out on time.
At the time of the petition hearings, there were claims that candidates received notices of hearings after the hearings. The answer from the Chief Law Clerk to candidates was that the BOE can not be held responsible if the USPS can not deliver the mail on time. Let’s see what happens here.
If you thought Councilman Ruben Diaz was the county candidate you were wrong. I, like many others, thought that until I saw the Torres FEC Pre-Primary filing. As for the three now two incumbents, money talked in the 14th District. Incumbent AOC had over ten million dollars and even after the absentee ballots are counted, AOC should be close to the election day seventy-two percent mark.
In the 13th District, Adriano Espaillat was not as fortunate getting less than sixty percent of the vote against two unknowns. The third incumbent in the 16th District, Eliot Engel is trailing by well over seven thousand votes which should be impossible to beat New Congressman Jamaal Bowman.
Ruben Diaz backed George Alvarez is short of five-hundred votes behind Cox, and the voters were not as forgiving to fourth place finisher Eric Stevenson who will not return to his old seat. Two others finished behind him. There are well over one-thousand absentee votes that were cast in this assembly district, and the question is, can Cynthia Cox get enough of them to beat Chantel Jackson.