Forged Signatures Found on Petitions for Candidates Backed by Queens Machine
New York Focus reached four voters listed as signatories who said they never signed. A review of other signatures suggests they might not be the only ones.
Sam Mellins · June 28, 2022
Forged signatures were found on petitions boosting the bids of state Assemblymember Jenifer Rajkumar (left) and state Senate candidate Elizabeth Crowley (right) | New York Focus / Board of Elections; Crowley for Senate
Gladys Rodriguezs signature as it appeared on the petition, left, versus as it appeared on her voter registration form, right
Brianna Ordonezs signature had a missing n on the petition
Sam Mellins is senior reporter at New York Focus, which he has been a part of since launch day. His reporting… more
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