New York Daily News Councilman Ben Kallos demands Board of Elections plan to address DOI investigation by Erin Durkin

New York Daily News
New York Daily News
Councilman Ben Kallos demands Board of Elections plan to address DOI investigation
Erin Durkin
04/03/2014

City Councilman Ben Kallos slammed the Board of Elections in a letter Wednesday for its blame-dodging response to a scathing Department of Investigation probe.

Kallos, chair of the Governmental Operations committee, had told to board to hand in a plan on how they’d fix a slew of problems identified by DOI, which found the board was riddled with nepotism and allowed dead people to vote.

Instead, officials at the problem-plagued agency sent in a response that dismissed most of DOI’s recommendations as outdated and vague.

Kallos bashed the response as “fundamentally non-compliant” in his letter - and said he’d haul top board officials before him every month to update on how they’re fixing the problems the investigation found.

He could subpoena the board’s honchos if they don’t comply.

“I am troubled when a city agency that is being called out for patronage, nepotism, and other problems is clinging to their constitutional right to patronage instead of doing their best work for New Yorkers,” Kallos said. “I will not rest until the Board of Elections is working.”

The board did not respond to requests for comment.

Update:  BOE executive director Michael Ryan stood by the Board's response, though he said he'd comply with Kallos's demand for monthly appearances and put the response in a more "usable" form.

"We certainly will continue to work closely with the Council to make sure their concerns are addressed," he said. "It's my responsibility as a public servant."

He added: "Our response does speak for itself. It was certainly lengthy."

 

Issue: 
Good Government