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Election officials from Greene County opened the last 133 ballots on Monday, yielding an eight vote pick-up for Tkaczyk. While Tkaczyk led on Election Night, Amedore crawled ahead as election officials in the five-county 46th District counted hundreds of absentee and affidavit ballots. Attorneys for both campaigns objected to 887 of these ballots; Acting Montgomery County Supreme Court Justice Guy Tomlinson sustained roughly 450 of these challenges, the majority of which were lodged by Amedore’s camp.
Tomlinson is set to issue a formal ruling later today. Republicans immediately hailed Amedore as the winner.
“It has been a lengthy campaign, but I am ready to end this political process and I stand committed to working in a bi-partisan effort to meet the difficult challenges that face all New Yorkers,” Amedore, R-Rotterdam, said in a statement. “Let’s transition from politics to governing as the people deserve nothing less. We have much to do and I look forward to serving on behalf of all New Yorkers. In just a few weeks, we will begin the process of addressing the concerns and needs of all New Yorkers to make this great state better and safer for our children and our families.”
Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos, R-Long Island, issued a statement congratulating Amedore “on a hard-fought and well-deserved victory. His electoral journey has been a long and winding road, but it ends today with him as Senator-elect.”
Democrats said any declaration was premature. They plan to appeal the invalidated votes, which include 53 ballots of Ulster County election workers that were cast before a statutory deadline as well as the ballots of Rep. Paul Tonko’s nonagenerian parents, who improperly signed each other’s envelopes.
“There are still hundreds of outstanding objections that have to be ruled on by the Appellate Court,” said Tkaczyk campaign spokesman Gary Ginsburg. “These ballots include votes cast by election inspectors that voted early at the direction of both Republican and Democratic Election Commissioners and hundreds of affidavit ballots that were thrown out because of minor errors. When all the votes are counted Cecilia Tkacyzk will be certified the winner of this election and will represent the residents of the 46th Senate District.”