Skartados Concedes To Kirwan


It’s officially over.

The last undecided Assembly race ended today after Assemblyman Frank Skartados conceded to his Republican opponent Thomas Kirwan of Newburgh, Ulster County for the Hudson Valley Assembly district.

Kirwan said this afternoon that Skartdos called him around 4:30 p.m. congratulating him.

“He called me up and he was very, very gracious,” Kirwan said. “First he said I’d like to congrat you on the win and then he said whatever I can do or my staff can do to help, let me know.”

The race for the 100th Assembly District, which includes parts of Dutchess and Ulster counties, was up in the air for months after the election. Democrats and Republicans wrangled over counting ballots after the race was too close to call.

An appellate court ruled on Wednesday to not count more than 100 ballots. The final tally gave Kirwan, a former assemblyman, a 15-vote margin of victory.

Skartados did not release a statement. But Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, D-Manhattan, released a statement congratulating Kirwan.

“It is my understanding that Frank Skartados has decided not to appeal the decision of the appellate court in the 100th AD race. I look forward to working with Tom Kirwan in the people’s house to ensure the needs of all New Yorkers are met.”

It is unclear when Kirwan’s election will be formally certified. With his vote, the Democratic supermajority is broken, giving GOP legislators the ability to sustain gubernatorial vetoes.


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