7th SD: Johnson files appeal

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Craig Johnson will appeal a ruling that named

Craig Johnson will appeal a ruling that named Jack Martins the winner of the 7th State Senate District. Photo Credit: NY State Senate

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An attorney for state Sen. Craig Johnson (D-Port Washington) said Monday that he has filed a notice of appeal from a judge’s ruling certifying Republican Jack Martins as the winner their contest for the 7th District.

“We are optimistic that justice will be served on appeal,” attorney Steven Schlesinger said.

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Justice Ira Warshawsky of state Supreme Court in Mineola certified Martins as the winner in a court session Saturday, ruling that there was insufficient evidence to show that Johnson could win in a hand count of all 85,000 ballots.

The final count of the Board of Elections was 42,942 votes for Martins, and 42,491 for Johnson, a margin of 451 votes.

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