Republican Assemblyman George Amedore will win the 46th Senate District seat if his 39-vote lead can withstand another legal challenge from Democrat Cecilia Tkaczyk.
Disputed ballots from Greene County were counted today, which resulted in Tkaczyk closing the gap on Amedore but failing to take the lead. All of the ballots ruled valid by sitting state Supreme Court Judge Guy Tomlinson have now been counted.
The Tkaczyk campaign will prolong this race, though, on the contention that hundreds of ballots were improperly voided by Tomlinson and should be counted.
“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,” said Tkaczyk spokesman Gary Ginsburg. “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.”
Amedore, R-Rotterdam, viewed today’s counting as the end to this race, which has lasted more than a month since Election Day. “It has been a lengthy campaign, but I am ready to end this political process and I stand committed to working in a bipartisan effort to meet the difficult challenges that face all New Yorkers,” he said in a statement.
But this race won’t be decided until the Tkaczyk appeal is heard.