Amedore’s Lead Narrows To 110 Votes

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Republican George Amedore’s once 900-plus vote lead in a critical Senate seat was down to about 110 votes last night after Ulster County wrapped up its count of absentee and affidavit ballots.

The race isn’t over, though. Republicans objected to 664 ballots and Democrats challenged 204 votes through the five-county district, which stretches from the Albany area to the Catskills.

Amedore’s lead over Democrat Cecilia Tkaczyk will now head to court. A court hearing is scheduled for Thursday.

In the other undeclared race, Democrat Terry Gipson held a roughly 1,700-vote lead over Republican incumbent Sen. Stephen Saland, R-Poughkeepsie. Democrats are accusing Republicans of slow playing the results. By yesterday afternoon, only 7 percent of the roughly 10,000 absentees had been counted.

As it stands, Republicans have secured 31 seats and Democrats 30 — with the two undecided. Then, of course, there’s the matter of the Independent Democratic Conference.

Its leader, Sen. Jeff Klein, D-Bronx, told the New York Times yesterday the four members will side with Senate Republicans.

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  1. This is a lock for Republicans and a sigh of relief to struggling taxpayers.

    I read many of the Republican contested ballots had NYC return addresses and thus won’t be counted as the people are voting out of there districts and not from their primary addresses. These ballots were Ulster County absentee ballots. Looks like the dems would go to any length to get their people elected.