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Cabán Raised $171K More Than Katz In Most Recent Finance Report

Melinda Katz and Tiffany Cabán.

July 17, 2019 Staff Report

Public defender Tiffany Cabán out-raised Queens Borough President Melinda Katz by more than $171,270 as their contentious Queens District Attorney primary race headed towards a recount, financial documents show.

According to Board of Elections financial reports, Cabán raised more than $207,400 in the most recent filing period from July 1 to 11, compared to the $36,160 that Katz raised.

This represents a significant reversal from the beginning of the campaign, when Katz pulled in more than $1,419,000 and Cabán had about $256,700.

The reports also show Cabán spent less than her opponent during the period—about $142,100. Katz spent $325,307, although that was mostly used for previous campaign consulting, as The City noted.

The BOE reports came out just after the start of a manual ballot recount that is expected to take roughly two weeks.

The recount operation was automatically triggered by Melinda Katz’s narrow 16-vote lead over Tiffany Cabán after affidavit and absentee ballots were counted on July 3. Until that point, Cabán had held a 1,199 vote lead over Katz.

Alongside the recount, Cabán and Katz will be meeting in court regarding the validity of 114 specific affidavit ballots that contain errors in the information filled out by the voter. Ultimately, a ruling will be issued on these 114 disputed ballots after the manual recount concludes, but only if the results are still close enough for them to have an impact.

The winner of the Democratic Primary is expected to face off against GOP nominee Daniel Kogan in November.

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