I appear often in local and statewide media to comment on election matters at the Onondaga County Board of Elections or proposed Election reform and administrative changes throughout New York State. Here is a collection of media mentions.

Lawsuit targets absentee voting in NY with COVID excuse before November elections – NYPost

“They’ve had plenty of time to bring this lawsuit,” [D]ustin Czarny, the Democratic elections commissioner from Onondaga County and the Democratic caucus chair for the New York State Elections Commissioner Association told Gothamist. “To wait until after absentee ballots have already been issued is going to cause chaos in the system.”

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NY Republican, Conservative Parties sue to upend absentee ballot counting in general election – Gothamist

Dustin Czarny, the Democratic elections commissioner from Onondaga County and the Democratic caucus chair for the New York State Elections Commissioner Association, said it was “chilling” to see this lawsuit filed right before the election. He noted the absentee ballot canvass law was passed last June, signed into law last December, took effect in January…

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Special elections are confusing, chaotic messes that bleed taxpayers — and could often be avoided if politicians quit before leveling up, flaming out, or dropping dead – Insider

“We’re used to having to think on our feet now in New York,” Dustin Czarny, a Democratic election commissioner in Syracuse-based Onondaga County, told Insider. “I have to be honest: This year is the worst.”

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Syracuse lawmakers approve new Common Council districts drawn by citizen-led commission – WRVO

Onondaga County Elections Commissioner Dustin Czarny thinks other governments could follow suit. “I think this is a win for citizen-led redistricting, and I think people across the state are going to be looking at this.”

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Syracuse can lead the nation by ratifying citizen-led redistricting (Editorial Board Opinion)

“Syracuse has a chance to make history Monday. The Syracuse Common Council is scheduled to vote on new council districts drawn by a citizen-led, independent commission. Communities around the country are watching this experiment in democracy.” This redistricting process in Syracuse is a model for how redistricting should be done. I am posting this…

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Coretti’s lead over Abbott narrows; recount coming in Conservative primary for NY Senate –

With only 543 total votes, it’s unlikely that the hand count next week will change the results enough to make Abbott the winner. “I would be very surprised. But that’s why we do it, just to see,’’ Czarny said.

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Julie Abbott and Justin Coretti appear headed for recount in Conservative race for NY

“Onondaga County Elections Commissioner Dustin Czarny said it is likely there will be a hand count.” Under the handcount law any race seperated by less than 20 votes is automatically subject to a hand count.  Though the liklihood of a lead change grows less the higher the seperation with so few ballots to count.

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