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Oceanside candidate's case to be heard by judge

Tom Lanning, left, defeated Oceanside restaurant owner Mike

Tom Lanning, left, defeated Oceanside restaurant owner Mike Franzini by 42 votes when paper ballots were combined with about 1,600 votes from two voting machines rented by the sanitation district. Photo Credit: Facebook

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.


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