The state Court of Appeals said today it would not hear arguments over how many contested ballots should be opened in the lone undecided state Senate seat.
The court’s ruling not to hear the case means 99 ballots that were ruled to be counted by an appeals court will proceed to be counted.
Republican George Amedore held a 37-vote lead over Democrat Cecilia Tkaczyk in the 46th Senate seat, which runs from the Albany area to Ulster County.
It was unclear when the ballots would be counted, but today’s result is likely bad news for Amedore. Most of the 99 ballots are from Ulster County, where Tkaczyk performed the best on Election Day.
“We look forward to resolving the electoral process and counting the ballots ruled valid by the courts to ensure these New Yorkers have their voices heard,” her campaign said in a statement.
Updated: Amedore spokesman Kris Thompson said he expects the ballots to be counted by week’s end.
“We accept the Court of Appeals decision not to hear either side in this extended campaign for the 46th state senate seat. We anticipate the remaining 99 ballots will be counted by the end of this week. We look forward to the final counting and we remain confident. It has been a lengthy process that should be concluded shortly,” Thompson said in a statement.