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Two Bushwick centers affiliated with Assemblyman Vito Lopez — one of which who’s already under investigation — played host to serious election fraud that helped secure a Lopez victory last month, poll workers charged this week.

A Primary Day poll worker at the Hope Gardens MultiService Center asserted that other workers hired by Lopez ignored homecare aides employed by the Lopez-affiliated Ridgewood Bushwick Senior Citizens Homecare Council who escorted seniors into the voting booth and marked their ballots for Lopez.

“The home attendants went into the booth with every one of them,” said the source. “Sometimes there were two attendants. They even pointed to the [Lopez] box to fill in. One time, a senior voted for Lopez’s opponent and they brought the ballot back and said, ‘He made a mistake.’ ”

State election law allows a resident to be assisted in marking a ballot by a person selected by the resident. But the law prohibits a voter’s assistant from “seeking to persuade or induce the voter to vote any particular ticket or for any particular candidate.”

The source also charged that a translator, hired by Lopez as a poll worker, was telling seniors how to vote — and who to vote for.

“I can understand Spanish, she was telling them how to vote,” said the source.

Voting improprieties were not limited to Hope Gardens.

On a polling site inside a Lopez-affiliated retirement home on Himrod Street, the building manager actively campaigned for Lopez inside the polling station and filled out affidavit ballots for senior residents who could not vote in person, several poll workers said.

One of the poll workers, Luis Ramos, called the cops, who told her to stop filling out ballots.

“In no way, manner, shape or form was she supposed to touch the registration rolls,” said Ramos. “But the inspector at the table allowed her. Instead of the voter standing behind the place where you mark your ballots, she was there.”

When Ramos came back from a lunch break, he found that the building manager was back at the polling site filling in ballots. Ramos and an agitated co-worker confronted her again outside, to little avail.

“She kept doing that the whole day, but she denied doing it,” said Ramos. “Vito had an opponent this time. And the woman works for Ridgewood Bushwick Senior Citizens Council [another Lopez-affiliated charity]. There’s a conflict there. It stinks to high hell.”

The building manager at the Himrod site declined to comment about the incident. And calls to the 83rd Precinct and the NYPD were referred to the Board of Elections, which did not return calls for comment.

But Scott Short, a Ridgewood Bushwick executive, denied Ramos’s charge.

“At all times when the manager was present with a voter in the booth, she was there at the request of the voter, and a Board of Elections employee was also in the booth,” said Short. “The manager did not attempt to influence the voters’ choices.”

The connections between Ridgewood Bushwick and the Democratic Party are more than just a coincidence.

Many of Democratic poll workers at the Hope Gardens and Himrod Street poll sites work for Ridgewood Bushwick, which is currently the subject of three investigations.

One of the duties of a state committeeman is to hire poll workers on election days, and Lopez often taps the nonprofit’s employees for lucrative poll worker jobs that pay between $200 and $300 for the day.

“Anybody who works [at Ridgewood Bushwick] is given this job,” said Esteban Duran, who lost in a landslide to Lopez for a state committee position. “He appoints people who work for Ridgewood Bushwick. He doesn’t even give other people a chance [at the job].”

Many Bushwick polling sites are located within senior centers or senior housing facilities, managed by Ridgewood Bushwick, giving its seniors easy access to the voting booth — and “assistance” from interested parties, said Marty Needelman, an attorney with Brooklyn Legal Services.

“Vito got almost 100 percent of the votes in buildings that Ridgewood Bushwick managed,” said Needelman. “The property manager controls that site with the poll workers.”

It wasn’t 100 percent, but it was a Soviet-style landslide for Lopez in those buildings. The Brooklyn Party boss won the Hope Gardens polling site, 139 to 16, or roughly 90 percent, and the Himrod Street site 64 to 8 or 89 percent, en route to an easy 70 percent to 29 percent victory over Duran for the state committee position.

Updated 9:35 am, October 8, 2010: Now includes a comment from Ridgewood Bushwick executive Scott Short.
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Reasonable discourse

anywho says:
"lucrative poll worker jobs that pay between $200 and $300 for the day"

That is the problem with this crap. Why is the city paying a some old biddies loyal to the Lopez and RBSCC to monitor the polls? Why are the polls inside the freaking RBSCC building in the first place? I have the answer, PAYOFF! Lopez and his people have been doing this for years.

Sounds to me like a violation of civil rights (You heard Feds? CIVIL RIGHTS). By placing the polls in RBSCC facilities and manning the polls with Lopez/RBSCC supporters, the NYC Board of Elections is inherently creating a hostile environment for voters that are not supporting Lopez sponsored candidates. It is a sad state of affairs.

I have a simple idea. Hire college kids for minimum wage to do the job. Plain and simple. Elections should not be used to "create jobs". It is so stupid.
Oct. 6, 2010, 7:11 am
voter from park slope says:
This article seems very fishy to me. At each poll site half the workers are appointed by the GOP. Also, each poll site has a police officer. Was that officer told? Was to BOE called? If this really happened, this worker could have stopped it cold. Seems like a GOP activist playing pile on.
Oct. 6, 2010, 9:41 am
Mike from Brooklyn says:
Who is this "source" Aaron? Let me guess, it's Rob Solano. So the only sources for this article are people who bad mouth rbscc and assemblyman Lopez any chance they get, so how can anyone possibly take anything written above as the truth? If you fashion yourself as a real reporter, you should learn how to be one.
Oct. 6, 2010, 9:53 am
Ken from Greenpoint says:
its time to remove this Veto lopaz guy from office!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Oct. 6, 2010, 10:18 am
Tony from Bay Ridge says:
Remember, Kevin Carroll voted for Vito Lopez. What does Kevin Carroll think of voter fraud? What does Kevin think of his godfather now?
Oct. 6, 2010, 10:23 am
Ed from Greenpoint says:
To the voter from park slope:

This alleged incidents involved a Democratic Party Primary. I doubt Republican poll workers gave a damn what was going on on the Democratic side. The Democrats in the borough have more than enough in-fighting. "GOP activists," if any exist in Bushwick, don't need to pile on.
Oct. 6, 2010, 10:24 am
tartan from greenpoint says:
It was a Democratic primary so no GOP workers at the polls. And the article says the worker did call the police. I've heard about these sort of activities for years. It's about time Vito's election fraud activity got added to the investigation list, it's gone on long enough.

Can't we get a lawmaker who does his job without being power and cash hungry, more and more every year? Seems like someone like that would have more time to get the actual legislating work done. Who knows, we could have seen the loft law reform passed years ago if it had Vito's full attention. We deserve better than the legislative crumbs that get tossed out to us when he has a minute free from his main business of extortion, intimidation and coercion.
Oct. 6, 2010, 10:25 am
voter from park slope says:
Every election is staffed with both Dem and GOP appointees. Also, it is a pretty obvious contradiction that allegedly everyone working the site is appointed by Lopez, when this witness wasn't. The poll worker is clearly a Republican looking to score points with this Rupert Murdoch owned newspaper. Also, where is the proof that Lopez had anything to do with any of this alleged activity? The headline reads like he was there, and all the article provides is anonymous statements and allegations.
Oct. 6, 2010, 11:10 am
frank negron from Bushwick/Williamsburg says:
Its really great that there is finally so much attention on Vitto Lopez & RBSC. The rumors have been around for decades with flashes of proof during every election. I'm sure attendance at RBSC is relatively low every election day with many of the workers working the poles usually closest to their home. Its understandable that if you ow your job, your apartment and your future to VL your going to protect your interest. But I think its time for all of you to be smart and recognize a sinking ship before its too late. Lots of luck to all of you, I'm sure your all very hard working people who just didn't no better!
Oct. 6, 2010, 3:02 pm
John Hancock from Bushwick says:
Another hit job by Aaron Short and the Reyna/Velazquez team: Luis Ramos a Velazquez lover (did you forget how jealous Velazquez is of Lopez?); Marty Needelman, still sour he got his WHOOPED; Duran, damn honey just give it up--you lost you hunch-back-notredame-looking mofo.

In NY, primary day isn't solely for the Democratic Party, there's simultaneously a Republican Primary. Hence, why Carl Paladino is now the Republican contender for Governor. There are two Republican poll workers and two Democrats assigned to each table. If anyone does anything suspicious there are various ways to call attention to that person.

Moreover, Esteban, you seem to not know the roll of a District Leader. A Democratic District Leader appoints Democratic poll workers only. They do not appoint Republican workers. Additionally, if you look at the list of poll workers you will see that more than 80% of the Democratic Poll Workers are NOT Ridgewood Bushwick employees.

Lastly, I think it is time we reform the media. It is truly embarrassing how journalists can report on a rumor and quote "a source". The headline says that Lopez "oversaw" fraud when Lopez was nowhere near Hope Gardens or Himrod Street on Election Day. This should be illegal. Report on the fact Mr. Short! You scumbag!
Oct. 7, 2010, 4:04 am
Long Time Resident from Bushwick says:
Seriously! Please, the 83rd Pct was not going to answer any call regarding anything negative about Mr. Lopez! His tentacles reach and surround all of Bushwick. As to the poll workers, yes, it's true! I did it once and that's what you're "encouraged" to do and when I found out who Mr. Lopez really is....was so disappointed. And when you vote his minions are looking over your shoulder, especially this year with the new machines.
Oct. 7, 2010, 7:37 am
Educated Resident from Williamsburg says:
John Hancock,

Lopez obviously pays you, why else would you be up at 5am to write a blog and defend the crook that Lopez is!!!! Please honey get your facts right. Lopez may have not been physically present at all the election sites to oversee them but he sure has enough cronies like you to do the job for him. I hope your pay is good. I hear he pays his girlfriend and treasurer a nice salary. You scumbag!
Oct. 7, 2010, 7:43 am
Luis Ramos from Bushwick says:
@anywho says: for a poll worker 2 days of work is not

lucrative. poll worker's are assigned work after

attending a 6 hour class and then work for only 2

days.

@voter from park slope: their were no gop worker's

assigned. and i did go diirectly to the police

officer. and i am a democrat.

@mike from brooklyn: it sounds like you are one of

lopez's current or former benfifactor's. or an ex ,

now defunct intern.why are you jeolous of aaron, maybe

because he has space in the paper. GET A JOB.

@Ken:with people like the lady stuffing the ballot

box, brooklyn will never see lopez go. as long as we

have corrupt RBSCC worker's corrupting the civil

rights voting act, nothing will change. do the same

thing's to get different result's is insanity.

@tartan, the primaries were for all parties as some

gop candidates had challengers, so the BOE had to have

GOP Representatives, that is if they were unemployed,

like the majority of demorats in brooklyn.

@dadf: buy some advetising space from the brooklyn

paper to advertise your business. as a matter of fact

does buyshopping pay it's full share of taxes. and if

so are you on the books and are you paying ssi/ssd

taxes.....

@voter from park slope: you state state that every

election is staffed by dem/gop....it is like stating,

that every person arrested has a speedy trial. or that

becuase your hispanic/afro american/ minority you will

not be discriminated against because it is the

law......DREAMER......

@frank from bushwick: well said, the blind cannot

lead the blind. i owe nothing to Mr.lopez. and i am

sick and tired of watching as the community let me

know that they are sick and tired and not taking

action. as a poll worker my first duty is to ensure a

fair and unbiased election. i may never work again a

poll worker, but it was well worth, to bring this out

to the light.

@John Hancock from Bushwick: you say, In NY, primary

day isn't solely for the Democratic Party, there's

simultaneously a Republican Primary. Hence, why Carl

Paladino is now the Republican contender for Governor.

There are two Republican poll workers and two

Democrats assigned to each table. If anyone does

anything suspicious there are various ways to call

attention to that person..your one of the main reasons

nothing changes in bushwick, because your a vito ass

kisser and proberly one of his addicts that he uses to

give out lit. NO REPUBLICAN WAS ASSIGNED TO THE POLL

SITE. but them again, you still believe in santa

claus.....and calling short a scumbag is not nice,

especially since it is coming from a caveman in

brooklyn who is sad that his girl lopez got exposed.

@Educated Resident from Williamsburg: you hit it on

the head. nothing to say after that.

this is luis ramos, disabled puerto rican/american

living off his social security disability checks,

somewhere in bushwick. i guess i can't work the poll's

in november, hey i'll get some extra cash to pay my

con-ed bill somewhere else.

thanks guys for your feedback.
Oct. 7, 2010, 9:28 am
Luis Ramos from Bushwick says:
@anywho says: for a poll worker 2 days of work is not

lucrative. poll worker's are assigned work after

attending a 6 hour class and then work for only 2

days.

@voter from park slope: their were no gop worker's

assigned. and i did go diirectly to the police

officer. and i am a democrat.

@mike from brooklyn: it sounds like you are one of

lopez's current or former benfifactor's. or an ex ,

now defunct intern.why are you jeolous of aaron, maybe

because he has space in the paper. GET A JOB.

@Ken:with people like the lady stuffing the ballot

box, brooklyn will never see lopez go. as long as we

have corrupt RBSCC worker's corrupting the civil

rights voting act, nothing will change. do the same

thing's to get different result's is insanity.

@tartan, the primaries were for all parties as some

gop candidates had challengers, so the BOE had to have

GOP Representatives, that is if they were unemployed,

like the majority of demorats in brooklyn.

@dadf: buy some advetising space from the brooklyn

paper to advertise your business. as a matter of fact

does buyshopping pay it's full share of taxes. and if

so are you on the books and are you paying ssi/ssd

taxes.....

@voter from park slope: you state state that every

election is staffed by dem/gop....it is like stating,

that every person arrested has a speedy trial. or that

because your hispanic/afro american/ minority you will

not be discriminated against because it is the

law......DREAMER......

@frank from bushwick: well said, the blind cannot

lead the blind. i owe nothing to Mr.lopez. and i am

sick and tired of watching as the community let me

know that they are sick and tired and not taking

action. as a poll worker my first duty is to ensure a

fair and unbiased election. i may never work again a

poll worker, but it was well worth, to bring this out

to the light.

@John Hancock from Bushwick: you say, In NY, primary

day isn't solely for the Democratic Party, there's

simultaneously a Republican Primary. Hence, why Carl

Paladino is now the Republican contender for Governor.

There are two Republican poll workers and two

Democrats assigned to each table. If anyone does

anything suspicious there are various ways to call

attention to that person..your one of the main reasons

nothing changes in bushwick, because your a vito ass

kisser and proberly one of his addicts that he uses to

give out lit. NO REPUBLICAN WAS ASSIGNED TO THE POLL

SITE. but them again, you still believe in santa

claus.....and calling short a scumbag is not nice,

especially since it is coming from a caveman in

brooklyn who is sad that his girl lopez got exposed.

@Educated Resident from Williamsburg: you hit it on

the head. nothing to say after that.

this is luis ramos, disabled puerto rican/american

living off his social security disability checks,

somewhere in bushwick. i guess i can't work the poll's

in november, hey i'll get some extra cash to pay my

con-ed bill somewhere else.

thanks guys for your feedback.
Oct. 7, 2010, 9:30 am
luis ramos from bushwick says:
@anywho says: for a poll worker 2 days of work is not

lucrative. poll worker's are assigned work after

attending a 6 hour class and then work for only 2

days.

@voter from park slope: their were no gop worker's

assigned. and i did go diirectly to the police

officer. and i am a democrat.

@mike from brooklyn: it sounds like you are one of

lopez's current or former benfifactor's. or an ex ,

now defunct intern.why are you jeolous of aaron, maybe

because he has space in the paper. GET A JOB.

@Ken:with people like the lady stuffing the ballot

box, brooklyn will never see lopez go. as long as we

have corrupt RBSCC worker's corrupting the civil

rights voting act, nothing will change. do the same

thing's to get different result's is insanity.

@tartan, the primaries were for all parties as some

gop candidates had challengers, so the BOE had to have

GOP Representatives, that is if they were unemployed,

like the majority of demorats in brooklyn.

@dadf: buy some advetising space from the brooklyn

paper to advertise your business. as a matter of fact

does buyshopping pay it's full share of taxes. and if

so are you on the books and are you paying ssi/ssd

taxes.....

@voter from park slope: you state state that every

election is staffed by dem/gop....it is like stating,

that every person arrested has a speedy trial. or that

becuase your hispanic/afro american/ minority you will

not be discriminated against because it is the

law......DREAMER......

@frank from bushwick: well said, the blind cannot

lead the blind. i owe nothing to Mr.lopez. and i am

sick and tired of watching as the community let me

know that they are sick and tired and not taking

action. as a poll worker my first duty is to ensure a

fair and unbiased election. i may never work again a

poll worker, but it was well worth, to bring this out

to the light.

@John Hancock from Bushwick: you say, In NY, primary

day isn't solely for the Democratic Party, there's

simultaneously a Republican Primary. Hence, why Carl

Paladino is now the Republican contender for Governor.

There are two Republican poll workers and two

Democrats assigned to each table. If anyone does

anything suspicious there are various ways to call

attention to that person..your one of the main reasons

nothing changes in bushwick, because your a vito ass

kisser and proberly one of his addicts that he uses to

give out lit. NO REPUBLICAN WAS ASSIGNED TO THE POLL

SITE. but them again, you still believe in santa

claus.....and calling short a scumbag is not nice,

especially since it is coming from a caveman in

brooklyn who is sad that his girl lopez got exposed.

@Educated Resident from Williamsburg: you hit it on

the head. nothing to say after that.

this is luis ramos, disabled puerto rican/american

living off his social security disability checks,

somewhere in bushwick. i guess i can't work the poll's

in november, hey i'll get some extra cash to pay my

con-ed bill somewhere else.

thanks guys for your feedback.
Oct. 7, 2010, 9:34 am
anywho says:
"@anywho says: for a poll worker 2 days of work is not

lucrative. poll worker's are assigned work after

attending a 6 hour class and then work for only 2

days."

You are quoting a quote.

My point is that the positions in question are mere patronage jobs for one freaking day. PAYOFFS too keep a democratic party eye on polls. Steer votes to the preferred candidate, meaning Vito's cronies. You control the polls through patronage jobs, then that means you control the vote. It is pretty simple.

Republican party in Brooklyn. You must be joking.
Oct. 7, 2010, 9:54 am
Luis Ramos from Bushwick says:
@anywho says: I Was Not Assigned By Anyone Or Any Candidate. I Went Out And Applied For The Poll Worker Job, Took The 5 hour Class And Then Took The Test. It Is Work For ONE Day To Pay One Con-Ed Bill. That Is All...I Saw Something And I Said Something......That Was All I Could Do....
Oct. 7, 2010, 10:07 am
Shaul Perlstein from Williamsburg says:
In williamsburg there is a massive fraud going on at the poll sites headed by Simon Weiser from the UJO and CB1 member, he has 35 people working for him on the election day who go around from table to table at vote 15-20 times for the candidates that Boss Vito and his Boss Niederman want
Oct. 8, 2010, 12:12 pm

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