The process of recounting all the votes in the Democratic primary for Queens district attorney has started, while the controversy goes on.
"Those of us who are responsible to people, not Twitter followers, not Facebook likes, we have an obligation to stand up for the process when it's a fair process," said Queens City Councilman Rory Lancman, who dropped out of the race and went on to support Melinda Katz.
He was referring to tweets like one by state Senator Alessandra Biaggi, in which she seemed to imply the Queens Democratic Party was stealing the race from Tiffany Cabán.
Last Wednesday night, after the absentee and affidavit ballots were counted, Cabán's early lead evaporated, putting Katz ahead by a handful of votes. The Board of Elections requires a recount in cases like this one.
"All leaders, regardless of who they supported in this election, have a duty to uphold our democracy and not let conspiracy theories or Trump-style tactics discredit the integrity of our electing process," said Rep. Gregory Meeks, chairman of the Queens Democratic Party.
Cabán herself has not disavowed supporters like Biaggi. Her election lawyer, however, believes in the process.
"I have faith and this campaign has faith that the Board of Elections workers will work diligently and fairly to get to a result of the manual recount," said Jerry Goldfeder, Cabán's election lawyer.
While the recounting process was set to start, lawyers for both campaigns and for the Board of Elections met in court. At issue were 114 affidavit ballots the board has invalidated and the Cabán campaign wants opened and counted.
The judge agreed on letting the recount proceed before taking a stand on the matter.
"If the vote of the manual recount is close, we will go to the court and ask the judge to open up all the ballots that have been erroneously invalidated," said Goldfeder.
The recounting process could take about two weeks. Before that, all parties will check in with the judge once again next week Wednesday.