Board of elections commissioners are not supposed to run for office while they're on the board - but that didn't stop two of them from doing just that.
Commissioners Anthony Como and Jay Savino actively campaigned for office while raising money from board employees, a Daily News investigation found.
Commissioners oversee the voting process and could have enormous influence on election outcome. They certify results, approve hiring of poll workers and maintain ballot machines and certify petitions of candidates.
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Como, a Queens Republican appointed commissioner in 2005, set up a campaign committee to run for a City Council seat on Jan. 16, records show.
On his committee authorization application, Como signed a sworn affidavit saying: "I am a candidate for election to the office as stated above."
Though still a commissioner, he immediately began raising a steady flow of small checks, usually $100 to $250, records show.
A flyer obtained by The News invites people to a "Campaign Kickoff" at "Como For City Council Headquarters" in Glendale. It's dated March 29, while Como was still a commissioner.
Como told The News he doesn't know how the Board of Elections employees came to write checks to his campaign, but he insists he didn't force them.
"You have to ask them how they knew," he said. "There wasn't an approach."
Como claimed "it was a free of charge event" and that "people just showed up and some were nice enough and they brought checks."
Como said he later decided to return the checks from board employees.