Daily Politics: Bronx GOP Chair, Elections Commissioners Subpoenaed
It would appear times are tough for the Board of Elections, the Bronx GOP Chairman Jay Savino, and countless other political operatives involved in the recent purchase election machines. Always good to hear the Feds are investigating these people! This is from Daily Politics:
Two Republican elections commissioners confirmed receiving subpoenas seeking information about the Jan. 5 vote that gave Election Systems and Software of Omaha a more than $50 million contract to replace the city’s lever voting machines with new, electronic models in time for the September primaries.
J.C. Polanco, the Bronx GOP commissioner, and Queens GOP Commissioner Judith Stupp, acknowleged they received subpoenas earlier this week. Both declined comment.
Also served was Bronx Republican Party Chairman Jay Savino, who stressed he plans to be as cooperative as possible with investigators but declined to say anything more.
The commissioners’ 6-1 vote in favor of ES&S followed a fevered lobbying campaign in which both ES&S and its main competitor, Dominion Voting, of Toronto, spent well over $1 million and hired some of New York’s best-known and most connected lobbyists.
The commissioners picked ES&S, the most dominant American company, even though its machines cost $7,800 apiece to Dominion’s $7,200. The lone vote in favor of Dominion was cast by Frederic Umane, the Manhattan GOP commissioner. Two others abstained.
Among ES&S’ fleet of hired guns was Anthony Mangone, a Westchester-based attorney and lobbyist who was indicted on Jan. 6 on charges of extortion, tax evasion and conspiracy to commit bribery in connection with a vote-selling scam.
ES&S paid Mangone’s firm, Mardon Consulting, $63,100 from January-December 2009.
Also indicted were former Yonkers GOP Chairman Zehy Jereis and former Yonkers City Councilwoman Sandy Annabi, who was accused of selling her “yes” vote on two major development projects she had previously opposed for more than $160,000 worth of house and car payments, jewelry and other perks.
Mangone and Savino share an office suite in White Plains.
The subpoenas received by the chairman and elections commissioners originated out of the US attorney’s White Plains office, according to sources who viewed the documents.