It has been a while since we wrote about the ongoing election boondoggle surrounding the race to replace Carl Kruger. That’s primarily because new developments have pretty much teetered off, as both the campaigns – Republican David Storobin and Democrat Lew Fider – are duking it out in court, with only a three vote difference between them.

Our last update detailed allegations coming from the Fidler campaign that Storobin’s team committed voter fraud when a paid Storobin consultant intentionally gathered 119 absentee ballots for Russian voters who were capable of reaching the polls.

After failing to appear in court on April 26, the consultant – Alla Pometko – was subpoenaed by the judge to appear or face contempt of court. On Tuesday, she finally faced the judge.

“I did nothing wrong,” Pometko told City & State. “I’m here to fight for my name.”

The site reported:

Pometko, who spoke through an interpreter on the stand, was briefly questioned by ex-State Sen. Marty Connor, an election lawyer who is serving as an attorney for Fidler. But after a couple minutes, before Connor made much headway, court was adjourned until 9:30 a.m. Wednesday morning.

Pometko, who showed up in court only after being subpoenaed, did not come alone: She was accompanied by an attorney, Arthur Gershfeld, there to tend to Pometko’s own legal situation.

In New York, voters can only cast absentee ballots if they are physically unable to get to the polls. However, at least 16 of those “permanently disabled” voters cast a vote in person on election day.

The Fidler camp also says every one of the absentee ballots appeared to be written in the same handwriting, and the voter signed the envelope with a mark instead of a signature – with Pometko again named as the witness to the mark.

Pometko, herself not a registered voter, was paid at least $1,470 for her work as a consultant to the Storobin campaign, financial disclosure reports indicate.

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  • ShadowLock

    KARMA BIATCH! Caught up to you!

  • Arthur Borko

    How can you get a job helping people vote if you yourself CANNOT?

    I’m sorry but this just reeks of impropriety. Throw the bitch in jail with Kruger, and Storobin should go next.

    Shit, I think maybe I should run.

    • http://www.sheepsheadbites.com/ Ned Berke

      Let the courts decide. And do you really have to call her a bitch? This campaign was dirty enough. The truth will come out eventually, and then, if you must, you can judge.

      • Arthur Borko

        She’s taking advantage of the ignorance of the elderly and her own people for personal profit. She’s got the gall to direct others to vote, for someone who is paying her, but can’t be bothered to register and vote herself? Bah! I’ll judge her in the court of public opinion, my opinion! ^_^

        Besides, bitch is hardly as offensive as it used to be, they say it on Broadcast Television and Disney Channel nowadays!

        • ShadowLock

           http://chzmemebase.files.wordpress.com/2012/02/internet-memes-pushing-our-problems-away1.jpg

          and yes. Bitch is accepted everywhere………just like Pennies…. Who the fuck wants to stand there and count pennies? Well guess what! They are still MONEY!!!!!!!!!!!!

      • http://www.flickr.com/photos/lisanne001 Lisanne!

        The whole matter is suspicious on its face. The sheer mumber of absentee ballots suggests an effort to solicit these votes.

        But yes, calling her a bitch is excessive and unneccessary.

    • nolastname

      “not a register voter” caught my eye also. Yes, I think maybe you should.

  • Kon

    Why does anyone give a shit about this anymore? By the time the courts settle this election, the district will be eliminated.

  • http://www.brucebrodinsky.com Bruce B

    Possible voter fraud in an election whose winner probably wont be in office for a day…. I think things ran better in Fredonia!

  • Bimbo

    enough of these two clowns already

  • Arlene Herring

    “herself not a registered voter” — disgusting

  • guest

     http://www.politicker.com/2012/05/03/lew-fidler-surges-to-90-vote-lead-as-fraud-lawsuit-looms-in-court/

  • DmitriyM

    surprise surprise