Skelos Congratulates ‘Senator-elect Amedore’, Dems Will Appeal (Updated)
The tallying of ballots deemed countable by acting state Supreme Court Justice Guy Tomlinson in the 46th Senate District is finally complete, with Greene County finishing up late this morning.
According to an attorney involved in the count, Republican Assemblyman George Amedore leads by about 39 votes. Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos just issued the following statement congratulating the man he believes to be the newest member of his conference (he would be the 31st member, which, when coupled with Senator-elect Simcha Felder, a Brooklyn Democrat conferencing with the Republicans, makes a majority even BEFORE you start counting the five-member IDC):
“Now that all of the votes have been counted in the 46th Senate District race, I congratulate George Amedore on a hard-fought and well-deserved victory,” Skelos said. “His electoral journey has been a long and winding road, but it ends today with him as Senator-elect.”
“George Amedore is going to be our partner in controlling spending and taxes, creating new jobs, and building on the progress we’ve made over the last two years. I know he will make an outstanding representative for the residents of Albany, Greene, Montgomery, Schenectady and Ulster counties.”
Tomlinson is expected to issue a decision either tonight or tomorrow that will break down the results of the paper ballot count and declare a winner based on the certification of the tallies in each of the five counties located in the newly-drawn district.
The Democrats will then have to make an decision on whether to formally appeal Tomlinson’s decision, which will take additional resources that they arguably don’t have (remember: they’re still carrying more than $1 million worth of debt left over from the 2010 campaigns). UPDATED: I’m told now that an appeal will indeed be filed.
Jimmy Vielkind, who has been keeping a very close eye on this count since Nov. 6, reported that Tomlinson has ruled that at least 385 of the 887 disputed ballots should be opened. (Jimmy also has more details today from the courthouse in Fonda, read it here).
The Reublicans are responsible for the lion’s share of the challenges to the ballots that have been laid aside. But the attorneys for the Democratic candidate, Cecilia Tkaczyk, say she still has a shot at victory if all the ballots are opened.
The Tkaczyk campaign just sent out this statement:
“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 Tkacyzk will be certified the winner of this election and will represent the residents of the 46th Senate District.”
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