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The Slisz Appeal

In this week’s paper, we have a short piece about the single unresolved election in Erie County: The Third Ward Common Council seat in the City of Tonawanda, where the incumbent, Democrat Richard Slisz, appears to have lost by one vote (out of 900 cast) to Republican Augustine Beyer. Slisz and his attorneys continue to seek a manual audit of all ballots—or, at a minimum, of the 31 ballots that the new scanning machines categorized as “blank, void, or scattering.”

New York State Supreme Court Judge Timothy Walker dismissed Slisz’s suit, but Judge Salvatore Martoche has granted Slisz an appeal, which will be heard in Rochester on January 23.

Here’s the brief for that appeal, which Slisz’s attorney’s filed yesterday. It tells the story better than I did. Also, in the piece, I listed two of Slisz’s lawyers, Peter Reese and Mike Kuzma, but left out the third: Jim Ostrowski. The attorney for Beyer is Emilio Colaiacovo, and the two county election commissioners, Ralph Mohr and Dennis ward, are represented by the county attorney’s office.