24 THE QUEENS COURIER • JULY 11, 2019 FOR BREAKING NEWS VISIT WWW.QNS.COM
Don’t let the recount divide Queens
Recounts may determine the
winners of hotly contested, close
elections — but they always leave
the taste of defeat in everyone’s
The surprising automatic
recount in the Democratic primary
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between public defender Tiff any
Cabán and Borough President
Melinda Katz already is leaving
Queens residents feeling bitter.
Th ey are both candidates of the
same party, albeit from diff erent
wings — and yet, they’re acting
as if they’re implacable enemies.
Th ough the numbers were
clearly against her — Katz had to
win a majority of the thousands
of paper ballots to regain the lead
— she refused to concede and
opted to wait for all votes to be
counted. Turns out that she was
right to do so, as by July 5, her
1,100-vote defeat turned into a
Katz claimed victory, and the Cabán
campaign was quick to allege that the
Queens County Democratic Party —
which they referred to as “the machine”
— had undue infl uence over the Board
of Elections appointees, and therefore,
the paper ballot count itself. In essence, it
accused the machine of favoring Katz and
meddling in the race.
Th e Katz campaign responded by refuting
those allegations as baseless — then
added its own gasoline to the fi re by
claiming the Cabán campaign sought to
dismiss affi davit ballots from what they
termed to be “communities of color”
for Queens district attorney
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in southeast Queens. In essence, it was
accusing Team Cabán of being racist.
Accusations of political misconduct and
racism only beget mistrust from the public.
Keep in mind that the winner of this
contest will likely be the next chief prosecutor
in Queens — but the acrimony
being stirred now threatens to leave the
eventual winner of this recount
having alienated a large chunk of
their own constituents next year.
Th ese cynical accusations may
also lead to an unintended consequence:
further killing voter
trust in a county where few people,
as it is, participate in their
If Cabán voters feel that a
District Attorney Katz was
installed into power through
machine politics, they may not
be so inclined to vote next time.
Th e same could be said about
Katz voters who believe a District
Attorney Cabán used lawyers
and tried to dismiss certain affi -
davit ballots to secure power.
Nobody’s asking for the Katz
and Caban campaigns to join
hands and sing “Kumbaya” on
the steps of the Queens County
Criminal Court House. However,
both camps, and others associated
with them, must take responsibility in
this testing time to tone down the rhetoric,
let the process play out and refrain
from the temptation of tearing down the
More than just an offi ce is at stake here.
Katz and Cabán would be wise to remember