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Amedore claims win, but objections remain

December 18, 2012
By ARTHUR CLEVELAND , The Leader Herald

ALBANY - Republican George Amedore declared a 39-vote victory in his state Senate race against Democrat Cecilia Tkaczyk, but a spokesman for Tkaczyk's campaign says the ballot counting in court is not finished.

On Monday, the ballots for Greene County that had objections to them withdrawn or overruled were counted in state Supreme Court in Montgomery County. The court had previously dealt with ballots from Ulster, Albany, Schenectady and Montgomery counties.

If the decision reached Monday holds, Amedore will have won by 39 votes out of more than 120,000 votes cast in the new district.

In a statement Monday, Amedore said, "I want to thank the great people of this five-county district that have placed their faith and trust in my candidacy. 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."

Senate Republican leader Dean Skelos also said Monday that Amedore won the race in the 46th district, which includes Montgomery County.

In a news release, Skelos said, "I congratulate George 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. ... I know he will make an outstanding representative for the residents of Albany, Greene, Montgomery, Schenectady and Ulster counties."

However, Tkaczyk's campaign released this statement Monday: "There are still hundreds of outstanding objections that have to be ruled on by the Appellate Court. 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 Tkaczyk will be certified the winner of this election and will represent the residents of the 46th Senate District."

Gary Ginsburg, spokesman for Tkaczyk's campaign, said once they receive Judge Guy Tomlinson's official ruling on the voting tallies sometime today, then, if need be, they will move their case into the appellate division.

The appeal notice by Tkaczyk's campaign was filed last week.

Of the 444 unopened ballots, 363 of them were objected to by Amedore's attorneys, 81 by Tkaczyk's.

The 46th district was created by the Republicans earlier this year to help protect their majority in a state where Democrats have a nearly 2-1 voter enrollment advantage.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.



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