A Brooklyn Reversal

This year’s central battleground between Brooklyn regulars and insurgents, the fight over the Surrogate seat, appeared to have been won by the outsiders’ candidate, Margarita Lopez Torres.

But now the appellate division has reversed a lower court decision, and ordered the opening of about 1,000 more paper ballots that could swing the candidate backed by the Court Street insiders, Diana Johnson. It’s one of the most important, and under-rated, public jobs in town, with a 14 year term and broad power over estate-law related matters, so the stakes are high. Expect some serious Daily News fulminations.