There were only two voters who cast absentee ballots in Hikind’s electoral district: Hikind, who was in Albany on the Mar. 20 special election day, and a man named Harry Weiss.
Vote tallies from that ED counted today show that one person voted for Councilman Lew Fidler, and one person voted for his Republican opponent for Senate, David Storobin. And reached by phone, Weiss confirmed that he had voted for Storobin — so we’re thinking that means that Hikind ended up voting for Fidler.
Hikind’s office didn’t return requests for comment, which I made yesterday in anticipation of the vote counting.
Hikind had been thought to initially be backing Fidler, but later publicly said he was not sure who he would support. He ultimately stayed neutral in the heated race, which currently has a 10 vote margin between Fidler and Storobin.
Hmm. Hikind released a statement saying he voted for Storobin, calling this article “shenanigans.”
I’ll keep updating as things get clearer, but we now have two different people saying they voted for Storobin, when the absentee ballots say one person voted for Fidler, one for Storobin.
New York – As a response to the shenanigans of a few bloggers speculating on who I voted for in the recent special election, I feel it’s important to set the record straight.
I like Lew Fidler. That’s why I did not endorse anyone. Lew is a decent guy who has helped the Jewish community. In light of the 60+ rabbonim who said it was prohibited to vote for him because of his stance on gay marriage—as well as the urging from my own rebbe, Rabbi Yisroel Belsky of Yeshivah Torah Vodaath urging people to support David Storobin—I had no choice but to vote my conscience and I voted for David Storobin.
I call upon the Board of Elections to make my absentee ballot public and set the record straight once and for all.
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