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East Hills Village seeks recount

East Hills mayor Michael Koblenz (left) and mayoral

East Hills mayor Michael Koblenz (left) and mayoral candidate Matthew Weiss (right).

Voting machines used in Tuesday's election in the Village of East Hills have been impounded because of a discrepancy in vote totals.

The village went to State Supreme Court Wednesday morning seeking a recount in the mayoral election.

"The village can't have numbers that are incorrect certified," said village attorney William Burton. "The numbers need to be correct."

After the polls closed, a canvass of the three machines showed 2,158 voters. Another 136 absentee ballots brought the total votes to 2,294.

But the tally for the mayoral race alone came to 2,514 -- 220 votes too high.

While a recount is not expected to change results, the move caps a bitter wrestle for control that divided the village.

East Hills Advocacy Group candidates -- mayoral hopeful Matthew Weiss and trustee challengers Gregg Resnick and Jonathan Penn -- campaigned against Mayor Michael Koblenz and trustees Gary Leventhal and Peter Zuckerman.

Two sets of numbers were released to Newsday on election night. In each instance, the incumbents won decisively.

Depending on the count, Weiss received either 792 or 1,069 votes. Koblenz received either 1,356 or 1,445 votes.

"It's weird," Weiss said. "The winning team wants a recount, spending time and money to go to court?"

Impounding machines in close races is normal, said Lauren Corcoran-Doolin, chief clerk of the Nassau County Board of Elections.

A village can have machines impounded if it thinks an error was made, she said.

The county board rents out the machines to villages and does not have oversight.

When machines are impounded, they go back to the county and are placed in a secured area. A judge then typically orders the County Board of Elections to do an audit, Corcoran-Doolin said.

Freeport

Incumbent village trustees William H. White Jr. and Jorge Martinez defeated challengers Annette Dennis and Jane Dugan, in Tuesday's elections. Results weren't available Tuesday.

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