Bogus-address rap weighed
But E. New York landlady sez elex clerk her tenant
BY HUGH SON
DAILY NEWS STAFF WRITER
District Attorney Charles Hynes is considering criminal charges against a Brooklyn Board of Elections chief clerk who allegedly lied about her voting address, the Daily News has learned.
Diane Haslett-Rudiano - a high-ranking board official who is also a district leader and officer in the Kings County Republican organization - has used an East New York address as her residence in voter registration records since 1988.
But she actually lives in Forest Hills, Queens, according to a city Department of Investigation report.
"We are starting an investigation," said a source in Hynes' office. "She's broken a law if she's voted using an address she doesn't live" at.
A potential stumbling block to the investigation is that Theresa McGovern - owner of the Schenck Ave. house where Haslett-Rudiano claims she lives - defended Haslett-Rudiano's claim.
"If it wasn't for her, I'd be dying here," said McGovern, 99, adding that Haslett-Rudiano is her upstairs tenant.
But a mail carrier who has delivered mail to McGovern for the past five years said she has never seen a letter for Haslett-Rudiano.
"There's only that lady living there. She's lived by herself for quite a while," the mail carrier said.
Haslett-Rudiano earns $76,817 annually. She was asked to quietly resign by Board of Elections commissioners last month, but she refused and is still in her post. She faces a Dec. 20 hearing.
The address flap came to light after Sam Sloan - whom Haslett-Rudiano knocked off the Republican ballot in a congressional race last year - approached the Department of Investigation.
Sloan had walked past 258 Schenck Ave. and started to question whether Haslett-Rudiano - who is white - actually lived there.
"It's a small wooden frame house in an entirely black neighborhood," Sloan said. "It didn't look like a prominent member of the Republican Party would be living there. I asked neighbors. They said they'd never seen her."
City Councilman Charles Barron (D-East New York), whose district overlaps the one in which Haslett-Rudiano says she lives, was furious.
"She has a lot of nerve," Barron said. "If anything like that happened, she deserves the full wrath of the law."
Originally published on December 12, 2005
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