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Writing in today’s Times, Jonathan Hicks hit on the curious indifference some Democrats have exhibited towards their party’s razor-thin loss to Republican state Senator Serph Maltese in Queens.

The theory behind the lack of interest is that Maltese enjoys good relations with his Democratic counterparts that has somehow tempered their enthusiasm for ending his legislative career. And as a member of the majority, he’s been a reliable source of state aid for the city and Queens in particular.

But a Democratic insider told me there’s been a slight change of attitude.

Senate Democrats will be sending lawyer Henry Burger – who is in charge of the Andrea Stewart-Cousins recount in Westchester – to oversee the recount in Queens, where less than 800 votes separates Maltese from his opponent, Albert Baldeo.

— Azi Paybarah

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