Thursday, February 04, 2016
Sullivan County Board of Elections Commissioner Ann Prusinski will be resigning, she said Wednesday.
Prusiniski’s decision comes as the county Board of Elections has been thrust under the spotlight because of allegations of anti-Semitism by Hasidic voters and supporters of developer Shalom Lamm in Village of Bloomingburg elections.
Just this week, the BOE and 10 Hasidic voters reached a settlement in a federal lawsuit. The Hasidim alleged discrimination when the BOE tried to cancel their registrations in early 2015. Not only will the county pay some $550,000 to settle the suit, a federal monitor will monitor the Board of Elections for the next five years.
Prusinski, the Democratic Commissioner since 2012, said that “because of the sensitive nature” of the situation, she would have no comment other than to say “I will be resigning.”
As for when, all she would say is “that’s still a matter of negotiation.”
Her lawyer, Bob Isseks of Middletown, would only say, "It's clear to me she was an excellent commissioner and didn't do anything wrong."
At least one candidate has publicly emerged for her position. Former Sullivan County Legislator Cora Edwards on Wednesday sent a letter to the Sullivan County Democratic Committee announcing her candidacy.
“After due diligence and research, I am putting my name forward for the position of the Democratic Commissioner for the Sullivan County Board of Elections,” she wrote. “I feel I have the best professional qualifications for this position, and I’m writing this letter to ask for your support and vote.”
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