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'This effort is not about being against the machine as much as showing people what democracy actually looks like.'

'We pushed candidates to change their positions on prosecuting marijuana, on crime because of poverty, on mental health issues, on substance use disorder.'

Many of these experts got their start in 1970s New York City politics.

In a statement, Cabán's attorney stressed that the certification process signals the start of their court battle to restore more than 100 ballots invalidated during the recount process.

Frank Bolz and Michael Reich are working free of charge for Katz, a service they've provided for decades to any candidates endorsed by the Queens Democratic Party, according to longtime Queens political observers.

Inside this non-descript behemoth on Metropolitan Avenue sits the fate of the criminal justice system of Queens.

The recount is expected to begin no earlier than Thursday, and will likely last for “a minimum of ten days, maybe two weeks,” according to BOE attorney Steven Richman.

"People can have arguments over how circles were darkened," said David Birdsell, dean of the Baruch College Marxe School of Public and International Affairs. "Contested marks end up in court."

The final outcome of the primary is still uncertain. The narrow margin is subject to a recount, and Cabán's camp immediately challenged Board of Election officials for refusing to count more than 2,000 affidavit ballots.