One week after Republican Leonard Suzio lost his state Senate seat to Democrat Dante Bartolomeo, he is asking for a recount.
In a letter to Secretary of the State Denise Merrill, Suzio said he wants a recount because substantial errors have already been identified, and there is the potential for more errors.
Suzio lost the race by 238 votes.
Suzio says errors occurred and more may be identified because the two candidates ran on five party lines. He said this created confusion and resulted in people voting in the “unknown” category.
Suzio also said that the head moderator in Meriden was the campaign treasurer for Bartolomeo, and he said that moderator refused to request a recount before sending the final vote tallies to Merrill.
“I do not allege any improprieties on his account,” Suzio wrote in his letter. “But I do point out the Head Moderator’s obvious conflict of interest which undermines the need to give the public assurance that the vote count was administered in an impartial manner.”
State Democratic Party Chairwoman Nancy DiNardo filed a complaint with the State Elections Enforcement Commission this week, alleging that a gas rollback event held in Meriden on Thursday was a political event and an illegal attempt by state Sen. Len Suzio to go beyond campaign spending limits.
Suzio, a Republican from Meriden, is participating in the Citizens Election Fund and received a $91,290 grant for his campaign. There is state law regarding spending limits and permissible expenditures under the public financing program, and DiNardo says she believes the law has been broken.
DiNardo names Suzio, his campaign committee and Americans for Prosperity-Connecticut in her complaint. Americans for Prosperity sponsored Thursday’s event.
More than 600 people have signed a petition calling for Gov. Malloy to suspend and investigate for problems a program that allows some inmates in the state to earn credit toward an early release from prison, a Republican state senator says.
Appearing at a press conference in Meriden, state Sen. Len Suzio publicly launched a petition drive to suspend the law as he stood with the eldest son of Ibrahim Gazal, a 70-year-old convenience store owner killed in a June robbery.
Suzio again pointed to the case of Frankie Resto, who is accused of killing Ghazal, as an example of the system’s problems. Resto earned 199 days of credit in the program while serving a sentence for robbery. He was released and put on probation in April. Continue reading
As of late Thursday afternoon, 288 people had signed an online petition asking Gov. Malloy to suspend a program that allows prisoners in the state to earn credits toward their early release, an aide to state Sen. Len Suzio says.
The petition website notes that inmates can participate in the program even if they have been convicted of violent crimes. It also allows people to send letters to the editors of 11 news publications, most of them based in the central part of the state near Suzio’s senate district. Continue reading
State Sen. Len Suzio and the family of a convenience store clerk killed during a June robbery will be starting a petition calling for the state to suspend a program that allows inmates to earn credits toward an early release from prison.
Suzio and the victim’s family will launch the petition drive Friday afternoon outside of the EZ Mart on East Main Street in Meriden, where 70-year-old Ibrahim Ghazal was shot on June 27.
Frankie Resto, the man accused of killing Ghazal, was able to earn 199 days of credit while behind bars for a 2006 robbery conviction. Resto was released from prison in April and Suzio said Wednesday that those credits might have allowed him to walk free sooner than he should have.
Suzio’s office did not immediately say how many signatures the Republican state senator hopes to collect.
A Republican state senator pressed his case Wednesday against a program that lets convicts earn credits toward a possible early release from prison, earning a rebuke from the Malloy administration, which accused him of playing politics and twisting the facts of one prominent case.
Sen. Len Suzio said Democratic Gov. Dannell P. Malloy should “suspend” the program, which Suzio said has allowed some 7,600 inmates to be let out early since its inception. He accused the administration of being involved in a “cover up” about problems with the credits system.
Suzio cited the case of Frankie Resto, a former inmate now charged with felony murder, as the “poster child” for the problem, because Resto had been allowed to earn 199 days of credit toward early release while serving prison time for a 2006 robbery conviction. Suzio argued that the credits allowed Resto to get out of prison earlier than under previous state law requiring that violent offenders serve at least 85 percent of their prison sentence before being eligible for parole.
But Michael Lawlor, the state’s under secretary for criminal justice policy and planning, said that Resto had actually served 91 percent of the original prison sentence he was given for a robbery conviction in 2006 and was on probation when he was arrested for murder.
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