The race to replace state Sen. Carl Kruger

Fidler takes an 87-vote lead in Brooklyn's version of Bush vs. Gore

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Councilman Lew Fidler (D–Marine Park) took an 87-vote lead over Republican David Storobin in the race to replace disgraced state Sen. Carl Kruger today after the Board of Elections counted several hundred unopened absentee ballots — but Brooklyn’s version of the 2000 Bush vs. Gore presidential election is far from over.

Fidler surged ahead of Storobin — who was clinging to a three-vote lead following the March 20 special election — after a judge ordered the board to count more than 200 votes that both camps contested in court.

Fidler spokesman Kalman Yeger cheered the results.

“Lew continues to look forward to the swift conclusion of this count so he can get to work in Albany,” Yeger said.

But the wacky race isn’t over: it still hinges on 119 absentee ballots Fidler claims Storobin camp obtained illegally.

If Supreme Court Judge Larry Martin throws these contested votes out, Fidler’s lead would hold, but if Judge Martin orders the votes added to the final tally, Storobin would likely take a slim lead — assuming that he received a vast majority of the ballots.

Storobin feels that he will be victorious if Judge Martin lets the contested votes stand.

“There are still more than 130 ballots yet to be counted, almost all of which we expect will be cast for David Storobin and will make him the winner,” said David Simpson, a spokesman for the Storobin campaign. “Once the court orders those ballots to be counted, Mr. Fidler’s premature victory claim is going to make him look pretty silly.”

Martin is expected to rule on the allegedly fraudulent votes in the coming weeks.

But if the winning margin doesn’t exceed 110 votes, the city is required to conduct a costly hand-by-hand recount — a move that would delay the outcome even further.

Regardless, whoever wins will only have a few months in office before Kruger’s district disappears.

State legislators finalized new political maps that divvied up the ex-pol’s old stomping grounds between Sen. Marty Golden (R–Bay Ridge), Senate Minority leader John Sampson (D–Canarsie) and a new district that will encompass Borough Park, Midwood and parts of Homecrest.

Thursday’s vote was the latest chapter in a closely-watched race that started when Kruger resigned in disgrace last December hours before pleading guilty to taking $1 million in bribes from lobbyists and developers. He was sentenced to seven years in prison last week.

Storobin emerged with a 120-vote lead on election night, but his lead shrank to three votes after half of the 700-plus absentee ballots and affidavits were tallied.

Reach reporter Daniel Bush at or by calling (718) 260-8310. Follow him at
Updated 5:32 pm, July 9, 2018
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Guido Fauci from Southwest Brooklyn says:
On his blog-radio broadcast on Wednesday, how could Gene R. Berardelli, Esq., David Storobin's lawyer, accurately predict that Lew Fidler would jump significantly ahead during the next day's (Thursday's) count and still guarantee that in the end, Storobin would wind up the top vote getter. How could Berardelli possibly know that Storobin will get a big enough majority of the remaining 110-130 uncounted ballots to overcome Fidler's 87-vote lead?

That is of course unless --- Berardelli actually "knows" what had been put into the envelopes containing the uncounted ballots before they were turned over to the Board of Elections. There's only a couple of ways Berardelli could know that --- none of them are any good for a lawyer arguing that nothing was done wrong by his client nor done wrong on behalf of his client by his client's paid campaign worker.
May 5, 2012, 6:33 pm
Guymasque Guy from Gravesend Neck says:
Two days after the Fidler-Storobin election, the Kings County Republican Chairman Craig Eaton was quoted in this paper (at this site), as follows: "We've declared victory for David Storobin ... based on the votes that were tallied on Election Day plus our belief that when all the paper ballots are counted, that we will prove David's lead is even larger than we know now."

Isn't the Republican Chairman's belief immediately following the election that Storobin's lead would be bigger after the count of paper ballots probably from the very same source that led Mr. Berardelli to be so certain that after all the ballots are counted, Storobin would have a lead?
May 6, 2012, 10:49 am

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