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Lawmaker who oversees Election Board has ties to 4 on payroll

The state lawmaker tasked with oversight of the scandal-plagued metropolis Board of Elections has a minimum of 4 individuals shut to her who are at the moment or had been beforehand employed by the patronage-laden company, The Post has discovered.

Despite the obvious battle of curiosity, Assemblywoman Latrice Walker (D-Brooklyn) chairs the physique’s Election Law committee and helmed its listening to this week analyzing the Big Apple’s ranked-choice voting system within the aftermath of the BOE botching the preliminary tallies from the Democratic mayoral major.

“We’re all working very hard to reform the Board of Elections and she’s very important in the Assembly to making that happen,” mentioned former Public Advocate Betsy Gotbaum, who now heads the great authorities group Citizens Union.



“That’s not good,” she added. “It appears to be a conflict of interest.”

Records filed in Brooklyn Housing Court present that Walker shared a Herkimer Street tackle with Jonathan Anderson, a former BOE worker who she tagged in a Facebook put up with photographs of her daughter. Anderson individually posted scores of images of the cute baby, who he typically identifies as his daughter.

“The most important thing in the universe is TIME,” he wrote in a single December posting. “My baby is turning 9 (born) today. Let’s shower her with some love.”

Anderson began on the BOE in 2005, payroll data present. In latest years, he labored as a “temporary clerk” the place he made as a lot as $25,000 yearly from the part-time gig.

His social media reveals he additionally labored as a celebration organizer and disc jockey, as well as to his duties on the company.

Assemblywoman Latrice Walker posing in a photo with family member and former Board of Election employee Jonathan Anderson.
Assemblywoman Latrice Walker posing in a photograph with member of the family and former Board of Election worker Jonathan Anderson.
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According to his Facebook web page and payroll data, Anderson lately moved to Georgia and now not has the BOE gig.

He hung up when a Post reporter referred to as for remark.

Three different members of the Anderson household — all of whom share a MacDougal Street tackle — have additionally labored for the Board of Elections, data present.

Steven Anderson at the moment works there as a voting machine technician and made $60,600 final year. He was first employed in 2014, data present.

Dwayne Anderson — who Walker described as her baby’s uncle — additionally at the moment works there as a “temporary clerk,” the place he made almost $27,000 final year.

“Uncle Dwayne Anderson: Come … let’s do the ABC’s,” Walker wrote in a 2017 Twitter put up, that she mentioned described because the “funniest moment” of that weekend.

She wrote her daughter responded: “‘ok…ABCDEFG…uncle Dwayne, I can read’!”

And 70-year-old Edwin Anderson, who answered the door when The Post knocked, was first employed by the company in 1999 and served as a clerk till he left in 2015.

Since then, he’s been introduced again as a ballot employee within the 2017, 2018 and 2019 elections, data present.

Assemblywoman Walker's relatives Jonathan Anderson and Edwin Anderson who both have worked for the Board of Elections.
Assemblywoman Walker’s family members Jonathan Anderson (left) and Edwin Anderson who each have labored for the Board of Elections.

Edwin declined to establish himself when he answered the door Monday night time however confirmed he was a relative of Jonathan Anderson and Latrice Walker and that he works for the Board of Elections.

A younger girl then interrupted and Anderson reversed his story. The Post confirmed his id via pictures, social media postings and public data.

“That be the case, they share a child, but there’s not a family by any measure,” mentioned Walker’s spokesman Hank Sheinkopf.

“She is not related to the other people involved,” he claimed. “They are Republicans. She would in no way assist Republicans.”

Neither Walker nor Sheinkopf would answer questions concerning the Facebook or Twitter postings that point out familial connections.

The revelations of shut ties between Walker and the embattled company come only a day after the highly effective lawmaker held an invitation-only hearing Monday, the place outstanding critics of New York’s ranked-choice voting renewed their case towards the switchover.

The listening to’s focus got here regardless of the BOE’s personal admission the error was attributable to a staffer who failed to correctly clear pattern ballots from a take a look at run of the brand new ranked-choice voting computer tabulation system — and was not a results of the RCV switchover.

“Let us be clear: RCV was not the problem, rather a human error that could have been avoided,” the company mentioned in a press release launched within the aftermath of the screwup.

Walker’s listening to prominently featured a key booster of laws to repeal ranked-choice voting within the City Council, Councilman I. Daneek Miller (D-Queens), who appeared within the second panel of the day. His invoice has simply 5 sponsors among the many physique’s 51 members.

Councilman I. Daneek Miller, an opponent of ranked choice voting, spoke at Walker's hearing.
Councilman I. Daneek Miller, an opponent of ranked alternative voting, spoke at Walker’s listening to.
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Another outstanding critic, Hazel Dukes, the top of the New York chapter of the NAACP, appeared within the third panel.

The good authorities teams that backed passage of ranked-choice voting within the 2019 constitution election had been consigned to the fifth set of audio system that day, in accordance to the speaker’s listing.

BOE officers didn’t seem on the listening to. A BOE spokeswoman mentioned Monday the company had inadequate time to put together after receiving an invite to testify simply 5 days beforehand — regardless that the listening to was introduced two weeks upfront.

Under the state structure, the BOE is run by appointees from the county Democratic and Republican events.

It’s a setup that has made the company just about immune to repeated requires reform and turned the company into a spot the place the buddies, family members and former staffers of politicians typically discover employment or facet gigs.

Reformers and good authorities teams — a lot of whom backed the changeover to ranked-choice voting — renewed their requires state lawmakers to overhaul the BOE following the most recent fiasco.

They discovered an ally in lawmakers within the state Senate, the place Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins (D-Westchester) promised hearings and a reform package deal.

However, the calls acquired a much more circumspect response from the Assembly, which is run by Speaker Carl Heastie, whose former intern is now the chairman of the Bronx Democratic Party and as soon as ran the group himself.

The BOE spokeswoman declined to remark when requested about Walker and the Andersons.


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