2008_06_dist30.gifLast week's special election to fill the vacated 30th Council District seat was a close one and suggested that Republican Anthony Como won. Como had led Democrat Elizabeth Crowley by 70 votes; an official announcement of the winner will be made this week, after the Board of Elections counts hundreds of absentee ballots and certifies the findings.

Still, there are rumors that the election may have prompted the feds to take a closer look. Queens Crap says that the Department of Justice is, according to a BOE source, "investigating allegations of voter fraud," because of allegations like "Postcards were not mailed to voters in the district of the election as per protocol" and that state workers were shipped "down from Albany to work the election."

The election is being closely watched because the district is part of the 15th State Senate District, and State Senator Serphin Maltese, a Republican, will be up for re-election in November. The NY State Democrats are hoping to gain control of the Senate and dethrone Republican incumbents. City Councilman Joseph Addabbo, who will be running against Maltese, told the Daily News, "We all can't go hog-wild and all crazy over this race. It tells a story, that's true; but it's a small part of the big picture."