HEMPSTEAD - Some residents in Hempstead are calling for the removal of a newly re-elected member of the Hempstead School Board.
Critics say Betty Cross stole her re-election by using dirty tactics, including voter fraud and intimidation. Attorney Fred Brewington and a coalition of supporters say they have evidence that longtime Hempstead School Board member Betty Cross used dirty tricks to ensure her own re-election.
Today, Brewington and others submitted a petition to state Education Commissioner John King, calling on the Education Department to invalidate the election and vacate Cross' seat on the board.
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As News 12 has reported, Cross narrowly defeated challenger Maribel Toure last month. Brewington represents Toure and says suspicious absentee ballots helped propel Cross to victory by a four-vote margin. Some Toure supporters suggest race was also a factor in the alleged fraud.
A Cross spokesperson told News 12 that there is no evidence of any wrongdoing.
The district attorney's office confirms that it is actively investigating the results of the election.