Tkaczyk wins race in Senate

Democrat Cecilia Tkaczyk has claimed victory in the state Senate race against Republican George Amedore in the 46th District.

Tkaczyk narrowly won the race by about 20 votes following the counting of about a hundred disputed ballots.

A spokesman for Amedore’s campaign said Amedore congratulated Tkaczyk on her win and plans no further challenges to the results.

As of this afternoon, both campaigns said Tkaczyk appeared to have won by 19 votes out of the roughly 126,000 ballots cast, although at least one more vote in Albany County still was scheduled to be counted. Both campaigns pointed out the vote counts still were unofficial.

“It is an incredible privilege to have been selected by the people of the 46th District to serve as their state senator,” Tkaczyk said in a prepared statement. “No one believed our campaign had a chance in a district hand-carved by Republicans, and yet the power of good ideas and a strong campaign proved itself.”

Amedore previously was declared the winner of the election by 37 votes and had taken the oath of office.

However, the state Supreme Court’s Appellate Division directed the five counties’ election boards to count 53 votes cast in Ulster County – where Tkaczyk (pronounced KAT’-chik) had strong support – and 46 other affidavit and absentee ballots.

The court concluded Acting State Supreme Court Judge Guy Tomlinson previously had incorrectly upheld objections to the ballots. Tomlinson’s decision had made Amedore the winner, pending appeals.

Amedore appealed to the state’s highest court, the Court of Appeals, to block the counting of the disputed 99 ballots, but the court decided against hearing the case, paving the way for the final vote count.

“Thanks to all those who volunteered both on the campaign itself as well as the successful post-election ballot-counting process,” Tkaczyk said. “I am honored to stand with Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins and my fellow Democratic senators in pursuing the common-sense, progressive agenda that New Yorkers demand. I look forward to hitting the ground running to serve my new constituents because there is no time to waste addressing the many challenges facing our state.”

In a prepared statement, Amedore said Friday, “I want to thank the constituents that I’ve had the honor to serve, as well as those who supported me in this campaign. I am proud of the honest and clean campaign that I and my team ran in this extended race. I was supported by the hard-working upstate families who are faced with tremendous challenges in these trying times.”

The newly formed 46th Senate District includes all of Montgomery and Greene counties and parts of Schenectady, Albany and Ulster counties.