The highest official at the city’s Board of Elections in Brooklyn has been suspended without pay after thousands of New Yorkers went missing from the voting rolls.
Board officials say that Diane Haslett-Rudiano, the board’s chief clerk in Brooklyn, was placed on leave Thursday in the wake of a major controversy sparked by the removal of some 126,000 voters from the borough’s rolls.
Tuesday, many voters showed up to the polls and found their names missing.
Board of Elections officials initially said the names were not on the rolls because they had cleaned up its voter list, describing the move as general maintenance.
But now, an official tells NY1 that Haslett-Rudiano may have "missed a step" when conducting that maintenance.
It is still unclear if the voter purge erased valid registered voters.
Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced an investigation of the board on Wednesday.
"We think this is reflective of some real systemic problems," Schneiderman said. "We're going to take a hard look. Our first priority is to make sure everyone's vote who should have been counted is counted, and then we're going to pursue any misconduct. We have not seen the issue of improper purging of the files at this level ever before."
City Comptroller Scott Stringer has also launched his own separate investigation.