No official winner had been declared in Valley Stream’s village election at press time late Tuesday night. The outcome was pending the counting of 466 absentee ballots by Nassau County Board of Election officials or further review by a Nassau County Supreme Court judge.
According to village justice challenger David Sparrow, he and mayoral challenger Anthony Bonelli requested on Monday, the day before the election, to review a number of absentee ballots filed at Village Hall, and said they had found some irregularities.
After, Sparrow said he filed an injunction at the Nassau County Supreme Court requesting that the absentee ballots be sealed until a judge reviews the case. The next court date, he said, was scheduled for March 22.
Village officials said that they were waiting for certification of the absentee ballots before making the election results official, although Sparrow countered that they would be unable to do so before further review by a judge.
“We saw there might be something wrong,” Sparrow said of the absentee ballots. Unofficial results showed Mayor Ed Fare and his United Community Party slate in the lead by fewer then 500 votes, enough for the absentee ballots to tilt the final results.
Fare said he remained confident that he would be re-elected.
“I look forward to serving all the residents of Valley Stream for the next four years,” he said.