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Betty Cross, then the president of the Hempstead (Credit: Newsday / Thomas A. Ferrara)

Betty Cross, then the president of the Hempstead School Board, adjourns the board's meeting on the evening of June 23, 2014.

Video recap: The Hempstead School Board investigation

On June 23, 2014, the Hempstead School Board unanimously rescinded its previous vote for an investigation of Superintendent Susan Johnson's conduct, though residents and activists loudly questioned the legality of both the board's meeting and its action, which followed a lengthy executive session. In a filing to the state the week of July 28, 2014, the Hempstead school district defended its handling of the absentee ballots that were found by the school board to have re-elected Betty Cross.

Hempstead school board candidates file for special election

Sept. 29, 2014

Maribel Touré filed her petition on Sept. 29, 2014 to be included on the ballot for the Hempstead school board special election, which will take place in October. (Credit: News 12 Long Island)

Hempstead residents upset over school's special election in contested vote

Sept. 8, 2014

At a Hempstead High School forum on Sept. 8, 2014, the School Board announced it would hold a special election Oct. 28, 2014. As details about the new election were disclosed, residents were confused and upset about the process. (Credit: Newsday / Jessica Rotkiewicz)

Hempstead school board challenger: "Betty Cross should be permanently overturned"

Aug. 12, 2014

Betty Cross? election to the Hempstead school board in May should be permanently overturned, her challenger Maribel Touré said in papers filed with the state on Aug. 12, 2014, alleging the district?s failure to track and verify absentee ballots, among other problems. Newsday Staff.

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Hempstead marchers support Betty Cross

August 2, 2014

Hempstead parents and students held a march on August 2, 2014, to support Betty Cross, the longtime Hempstead school board member who last month was forced to step down from her post while Education Commissioner John B. King Jr. considers allegations of voter fraud and misuse of absentee ballots in her May re-election. (Credit: Steve Pfost)

Community group reacts to commissioner's ruling that Betty Cross step down

July 18, 2014

The Corridor Counts, Inc., New York Communities for Change and other community groups on July 18, 2014, react to Education Commissioner John B. King Jr.'s decision that longtime Hempstead school board member Betty Cross step down from her seat. (Credit: Newsday / Chuck Fadely)

New Hempstead board president outlines plan for district

July 2, 2014

Newly appointed Hempstead school board president Lamont Johnson lays out plan for school district. June 2, 2014 (Credit: Newsday / Alejandra Villa)

Hempstead school board names new president

July 1, 2014

Hempstead?s school board ousted Betty Cross as president Tuesday, July 1, 2014, choosing Lamont Johnson to lead the board. They also approved a budget that hires back some of the teachers laid off two weeks ago. (Credit: Newsday / Chuck Fadely)

Hempstead School Board rescinds investigation vote

June 23, 2014

The Hempstead School Board unanimously rescinded its previous vote for an investigation of Superintendent Susan Johnson?s conduct, though residents and activists loudly questioned the legality of both the board?s meeting and its action, which followed a lengthy executive session on June 23, 2014. (Credit: Howard Schnapp)

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Hempstead school board meeting erupts in chaos

June 19, 2014

The lights were abruptly turned off at a Hempstead School Board meeting on June 19, 2014 as protesters called for board president Betty Cross to resign. Minutes before, the board voted 3-2 to ask for an independent investigation of the superintendent and the district. (Credit: Newsday / Chuck Fadely)

Hempstead petition filed alleging election fraud

June 12, 2014

Hempstead School Board candidate Maribel Toure, The Corridor Counts, New York Communities for Change and some Hempstead school district residents filed a petition with the State Commissioner of Education, calling for an examination of allegations of election fraud in the school board election on May 20, 2014. The petition was announced at a news conference held by Frederick K. Brewington in Hempstead on June 12, 2014. (Credit: Newsday / Jessica Rotkiewicz)

Court hears Hempstead school board election dispute

May 22, 2014

Attorneys for Hempstead school board candidates challenging results of Tuesday?s election said they will file a complaint to state Education Commissioner John B. King Jr., after a state Supreme Court justice ruled on May 22, 2014, that the court does not have jurisdiction in the matter. Justice Arthur M. Diamond granted a temporary restraining order to preserve all records associated with the vote. (Credit: Howard Schnapp)

Dispute in Hempstead school board race

May 21, 2014

The contested Hempstead school board race remained in chaos May 21, 2014, with incumbent Betty Cross getting sworn in despite no declared winner and her challenger, Maribel Toure, seeking a court order to put the election on hold until absentee ballots are inspected. (Credit: Howard Schnapp)

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