Posted at: 01/18/2013 10:59 AM
Updated at: 01/18/2013 5:37 PM
By: Bill Lambdin
KINGSTON – Kingston - The actual ballot opening and counting was done in a room at the Ulster County Board of Elections.
Reporters were watching but cameras banned in apparent violation of the state's open meetings law.
The process was routine and anonymous for the voters but absolutely essential.
90 ballots previously objected to, ruled out by a Montgomery County judge but brought back in by the appeals court, were opened and as expected ran heavily for Tkaczyk.
(Her election should help bring) "campaign finance reform including public financing of elections," said observer Jessica Wisneski Of Citizen Action of New York. "The minimum wage, I mean this election had everything to do with what can now happen in the New York State Senate."
Amedore put out a brief statement thanking his supporters but offering no congratulations to Tkaczyk. It has been widely reported this new senate district from Montgomery to Ulster Counties was drawn with the Republican Assemblyman expected to win.
His attorney says this is the end of the line for this race.
"I don't believe that I'm going to be involved in anything else," said David Lewis. (We)"certainly have exhausted everything I can think of."
Tkaczyk says her top priority as State Senator is "helping the constituents and businesses and families and municipalities and schools work well."