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The Democrat in the newly-created 46th state Senate district upstate is declaring victory after a high court ruling in the razor-close vote count. If all is confirmed then Celia Tkaczyk becomes the 33rd Senator elected on the Democratic line out of 63. Together they add up to a majority plus one — except of course for the fact that Sen. Jeffrey Klein's four-member "independent" Democratic conference, along with defecting Sen. Simcha Felder (D-Brooklyn) have already cut "coalition" deals with Republican Majority Leader Dean Skelos (R-Rockville Centre). What happens next ought to be interesting. And all this, in the first year of the upper house's GOP-drawn redistricting. Republican Assemb. George Amedore was expected to win this new "63rd" seat as Tkaczyk notes below.

From Tkaczyk this morning:

It is an incredible privilege to have been selected by the people of the 46th District to serve as their State Senator. No one believed our campaign had a chance in a district hand-carved by Republicans, and yet the power of good ideas and a strong campaign proved itself. Thanks to all those who volunteered both on the campaign itself as well as the successful postelection ballot counting process. I am honored to stand with Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins, and my fellow Democratic Senators, in pursuing the common sense, progressive agenda that New Yorkers demand. I look forward to hitting the ground running to serve my new constituents because there is no time to waste addressing the many challenges facing our state.

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From Scott Reif, spokesman for Senate co-leader Dean Skelos (R-Rockville Centre):

"While we are disappointed that George Amedore has fallen a few votes short of being elected to the state Senate, the outcome of this race doesn't change anything. Senate Republicans have already partnered with the Independent Democratic Conference to form a majority coalition that will keep moving this state forward, and we're off to a great start."