The race to replace Carl Kruger

GOP rookie claims 14-vote lead

Brooklyn Daily

Political neophyte David Storobin grabbed a 16-vote lead over Councilman Lew Fidler as the Board of Elections ended its final recount of the incredibly close March 20 special election to fill a state senate seat abandoned by prison-bound ex-pol Carl Kruger — but the newcomer will only spend a whopping three weeks in Albany.

Board of Elections spokeswoman Valerie Vazquez said the election results should be certified sometime next week.

“We’re hoping for Tuesday,” she said.

The new Republican state senator is urging the city to certify the results sooner so he can go to Albany before the 2012 state senate session ends on June 21.

“Now that the recount has been completed, the Board of Elections must certify this election,” Storobin spokesman David Simpson said.

Fidler (D–Marine Park) conceded the election on Thursday, assuring supports that the loss will not end his political career.

“I guess I am simply not destined to be the mayor of Mooseport,” he said.

It’s been one heck of a roller-coaster ride for the two candidates.

Storobin was up by 120 votes on election night, but his lead shrank to just three votes after several hundred absentee ballots and affidavits were tallied.

Both sides contested roughly 300 ballots in court, and Fidler took an 87-vote lead after most of those votes were counted. But Storobin again jumped ahead — by a slim 27-vote margin — two weeks later after a judge ordered the city to count 119 ballots Fidler claimed the Soviet-born attorney’s campaign obtained illegally.

The city ordered a final winner-take-all hand recount since the results in Brooklyn’s version of Florida’s Bush vs. Gore election were so close.

But if Storobin is sent to Albany, he won’t make a big impact up there: the state senate’s legislative session ends in three weeks — and Kruger’s old stomping grounds will be wiped off the map at the end of the year.

State lawmakers approved new political maps that divvied Kruger’s district up between two borough senators and a new “Super Jewish” district that encompasses Borough Park, Midwood, and Homecrest.

The race started last year after Kruger pleaded guilty to accepting $1 million in bribes. He was sentenced to seven years in prison earlier this month.

Reach reporter Daniel Bush at dbush@cnglocal.com or by calling (718) 260-8310. Follow him at twitter.com/dan_bush.

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