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Brookhaven council race’s ballot battle continues

A judge is deciding on dozens of disputed

A judge is deciding on dozens of disputed ballots from a Brookhaven Town council race between Democratic incumbent Connie Kepert and Republican challenger Michael A. Loguercio Jr. Credit: Newsday File

A Brooklyn state appeals court heard arguments Wednesday in a dispute over ballots cast in an unresolved Brookhaven Town council race.

Attorneys for Democratic incumbent Connie Kepert and Republican challenger Michael A. Loguercio Jr. — who leads Kepert by four votes in unofficial tallies — met for an hour with a four-judge panel of the Second Appellate Division. It was unclear when the judges would render a decision.

Kepert is asking the judges to count 10 ballots that had been deemed invalid last week by State Supreme Court Justice Carol MacKenzie. She had ruled that 11 votes should not be counted due to extraneous markings, questionable signatures and other problems.

Attorneys said the appeals judges agreed to review the disputed ballots.

“We await the judges' decision,” said Kepert attorney Jared Kasschau, who declined further comment.

Republican attorneys Steven Losquadro and John Ciampoli declined to comment.
 

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