NYC election official’s eyebrow-raising defense of hiring political cronies

A top official at the long-embattled New York City Board of Elections defended the hiring of political cronies over a merit-based selection system during a state Senate hearing Tuesday in Albany.

“Patronage, if that’s what you want to call it — I don’t think you’ll have civil servants working 12 hours a day, seven days a week,” NYCBOE Deputy Director Dawn Sandow — a product of the system as a longtime Bronx Republican appointee — told lawmakers on the state Senate Committee on Elections, raising eyebrows, as the comments came unprompted.

Sandow testified at the hearing along with BOE executive director Michael Ryan, who had been absent

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