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On June 23, 2014, the Hempstead School Board unanimously rescinded its previous vote for an investigation of Superintendent Susan Johnson's conduct, though residents and activists loudly questioned the legality of both the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.

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