NYPD Det. Jim Coll, a Seaford Republican, won an eleventh-hour court appeal to challenge John Ferretti Jr. (Nassau Republican Chairman Joseph Mondello’s great-nephew) for a seat on the Nassau County Legislature.
Ferretti win was marred by an event that took place in Seaford, when while voting, Coll noticed a pile of altered ballot’s with an arrow pointing to Ferretti’s name with instructions “Fill in the Oval Here.”
Reacting quickly the police were called in, the ballots’ confiscated, with videos’ and other evidence forwarded to District Attorney Madeine Singas’ office.
Singas reacted as anticipated, filing charges against Jonathan Maldonado, who works as a driver for Nassau County Clerk Maureen O’Connell while chairing the board of inspectors at the polling place. He pleaded not guilty.
Ferretti said, in September, he had nothing to do with the doctored ballots. Coll stated “The sense of entitlement overshadowed how elections should be conducted.” Singas, a Democrat, Maldonado allegedly abused his access “to help his boss’ campaign….we have no tolerance for any effort to deprive the people of Nassau County, of their right to free and fair elections.”