While her appointment is contested by a small faction of Democrats in the county Legislature, the City Council announced that it had received her resignation and was accepting applications for her seat.
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- Newly-installed Democratic Elections Commissioner Jackie Ortiz
Factions of the Monroe County Democratic Committee have been quarreling over the elections commissioner position since March, when Colleen Anderson left the post for a job in County Executive Adam Bello’s administration.
Party members elected Ortiz to serve as the new Democratic elections commissioner during a court-ordered election on July 25.
Many party members hoped for a speedy confirmation by the county Legislature, but five Democratic legislators, including Minority Leader Vince Felder, joined with the entire Republican caucus to delay installing Ortiz.
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- The Monroe County Legislature's Democratic Minority Leader Vincent Felder.
Wednesday was also the deadline that a state judge imposed on the Legislate to confirm Ortiz. When the Legislature did not act, the appointment fell under state law to the Legislature’s Democratic caucus.
The caucus took that step early Thursday when Roman called a meeting and joined with the legislators who had elected her minority leader to install Ortiz.
Felder reiterated his position that the leadership vote was invalid, that he remains minority leader, and that the election Ortiz won was flawed.
“No one who believes in the law should accept this and think it’s right,” Felder said.
Jeremy Moule is CITY's news editor. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.