Ballot counting continued Wednesday in the election for the Brooklyn State Senate seat vacated by Carl Kruger, but the deciding votes may come when absentee ballots are counted next week. NY1's Josh Robin filed the following report.
There are a lot of anxious Brooklyn politicos fixated on a room in Sunset Park, where Board of Election workers spent Wednesday double-checking votes cast of Tuesday for Democrat Lew Fidler or Republican David Storobin, both vying for Brooklyn's 27th State Senate District.
The day after the election, Storobin was ahead by 118 votes. The final tally is set to be announced as soon as next Wednesday after emergency, affidavit and absentee ballots are factored in.
"People may seem a little nervous, they're anxious to get the results. But this is what we do whenever there's an election held within the New York City Board of Elections," said BOE official Julie Dent.
Both candidates were confident of victory on Wednesday, even as their aides virtually double-fisted caffeine and antacid.
"We feel great and I believe that we will be victorious at the end," said Storobin. "We're up right now and I will be the next state senator."
"It's a very close election, and we look forward to a full count, every ballot being counted, and Lew Fidler taking the oath of office as the next state senator," said Kalman Yeger, Fidler's campaign manager.
Whoever wins will not serve for long, at least in this political term. He will have to run again in November in a new district reshaped by redistricting.
That new district is seen to favor Republicans, with observant Jews there trending to the GOP.
That is a political shift. A Storobin win would apparently have two Republicans state senators representing parts of Brooklyn for first time since the Truman administration.
This year's battle was also noteworthy for its venom. A picture of Fidler with a hand-drawn mustache, for instance, hangs at Storobin's headquarters.
"It was a loud race, we believe that we fought hard, we fought for the right issues," said Yeger. "Lew Fidler spoke the truth, all the time, never, ever, ever doubting himself."
"I think we did a great job discussing issues and defining exactly who I am and what we stand for, and where we're going," said Storobin.
Asked about Fidler, Storobin said, "I'm not going to go down there, but like I said, I think we discussed issues."
The seat used to be held by Carl Kruger, who resigned in December after pleading guilty to corruption charges in connection with a bribery scheme.