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Recount Rulings in 3 Tight Races Still Days Away

Democratic congressional candidate Tim Bishop with his wife, Kathy by his side gives the thumbs at the Islandia Marriott on Tuesday, Nov. 2, 2010, in Islandia, N.Y. (AP Photo/Kathy Kmonicek)

Long Island’s three contested elections continued to work their way through the legal system more than a week after Election Day.

Lawyers for Rep. Tim Bishop (D-Southampton) and Republican challenger Randy Altschuler were in Suffolk County court Tuesday for a hearing on Bishop’s request for a full recount, but a decision on that request is not expected until a later court date.


Attorneys for New York State Sen. Craig Johnson (D-Port Washington) and Mineola mayor Jack Martins, the GOP opponent, are scheduled Wednesday to be in Nassau County court where a judge is considering a recount in that race.

Representatives of Assemblyman Marc Alessi (D-Shoreham) and Daniel Losquadro, the Republican leader of the Suffolk legislature, are due Monday in Suffolk County court. Alessi is also hoping the judge will rule in favor of a hand recount.

Election workers re-canvassed the unofficial results in the Alessi-Losquadro race and found Losquadro is up nearly 900 votes after the initial tally showed the two just 40-votes apart. Re-canvassing in the Bishop-Altschuler race eroded Bishop’s 3,400-vote lead into a nearly-vote deficit against Altschuler. Johnson is trailing Martins by more than 400 votes.

All three races also hinge on absentee ballots, which were due Tuesday, with exception of military members, who have until Nov. 24 for their ballots to arrive. Affidavit and emergency ballots are also yet to be accounted for in the unofficial returns.

There are about10,000 uncounted absentee ballots in the Bishop-Altchuler contest, more than 4,000 in the Johnson-Martins race and over 3,000 in the Alessi-Losquadro battle.

“I’ve taken the position that we should have a 100 percent recount of the ballots,” said William Biamonte, the Democratic commissioner for the Nassau County Board of Elections. Given the fact that this is the first time the new electronic voting machines have been used in a general election in New York.

-With Associated Press.

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