A judge will hear a candidate?s argument next week for an injunction against the Oceanside Sanitation District to settle the contested June election.
Tom Lanning and his Oceanside-based attorney, John Mannone, appeared in court Wednesday after filing the motion last week. The hearing was postponed until when Aug. 7 when Nassau Supreme Court Justice Arthur Diamond can hear arguments.
A winner has not been declared in the June 19 election for Oceanside Sanitation commissioner after the district found about 130 more voters entered a voting machine than actual ballots cast. The district also sealed -- and has not counted -- 184 paper ballots.
Three candidates ran for the seat of retiring commissioner Fred Morse. The position pays $7,500 annually over a five-year term.
An initial tally showed Lanning leading Oceanside restaurant owner Mike Franzini by 98 votes. A third candidate, Stephen Edmondson, received about a dozen votes.
Lanning is asking the district to count the remaining ballots and declare a winner.
Jack Libert, a Uniondale attorney and mediator for the district, said the district could either recount the votes or order a new election.