Judge delays lawsuit to overturn Mount Vernon’s democratic primary election

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A judge has delayed hearing the lawsuit filed by Mayor Richard Thomas to overturn Mount Vernon’s Democratic primary election.

Judge Lawrence Ecker postponed the hearing one week to allow Thomas to find a new attorney after his lawyer moved onto a case regarding the Queens District Attorney’s Office.

Thomas alleges that the Westchester Board of Elections rigged the primary to keep him from a second term. He says after reviewing data from primary night, he believes numbers and people's information were tampered with and that it affected the outcome of the election.

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"Approximately 7,000 people voted in the mayoral primary in June, but when you look at it, 1,391 people were removed from the voting records. That's more than 20% of the people that turned out to vote in the primary," says Thomas.

After pleading guilty to campaign finance fraud charges, state prosecutors told Thomas that he can't run for office for another year. Thomas has accepted that but says he wants justice.

"Justice is justice, and it's an injustice for the Board of Elections to make these systemic changes to compromise an election," says Thomas.

News 12 has reached out to Democratic Elections Commissioner Reginald Lafayette, but he was unavailable for comment.

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