With only 37 votes separating them, a state appeals court unanimously ruled that 99 ballots should be opened in the still undecided race between Democrat Cecilia Tkaczyk and Republican George Amedore in the 46th Senate District.
Amedore’s lead is not insurmountable and the ruling today could swing things in Tkaczyk’s direction.
The 46th Senate District is the only race that remains unresolved in the state Legislature, more than two months Election Day.
The district, which stretches from the Mohawk Valley to the Hudson
Valley, was drawn by Senate Republicans during the redistricting process
in order to extend their majority.
Amedore was not in the chamber today for the first day of the
legislative session, despite the election being certified by a lower
court judge. In a statement issued today, Amedore said in a statement
released before the court decision was made he would wait for the legal
process to play out.
“I have tremendus respect for the judicial process and despite being
certified the winner in this race, I believe that the only appropriate
action is to allow the pending legal matter to conclude,” his statement