NEW YORK (AP/WCBS 880/1010 WINS) — The embattled New York City Board of Elections has fired its new executive director, one week before Election Day.

A city official tells The Associated Press that the commissioners voted to fire George Gonzalez at a meeting Tuesday.

WCBS 880’s Peter Haskell reports
1010 WINS Reporter Al Jones with details

The official was not authorized to speak for the board and insisted on anonymity.

Gonzalez had only served since August.

He oversaw last month’s primary that was plagued with problems. Many poll sites opened late, thousands of poll workers were not trained properly and new voting machines had numerous breakdowns.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg has railed against the board, calling its performance on primary day a “royal screwup.”

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