Senate recount could come down to last few ballots

Members of the State Senate work in the Members of the State Senate work in the Senate Chamber as the legislative session winds down at the Capitol in Albany. (June 20, 2012) Photo Credit: AP

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With one county to go, mathematics suggest the recount for the 63rd and final state Senate district — the one that will determine which party controls the chamber — could come down to the final few ballots.

As of Monday morning, absentee and affidavit ballots have been tallied in four of the five counties comprising a Catskills-Capital Region district that pitted Republican George Amedore against Democrat Cecilia Tkaczyk. Amedore now leads by either 920 or 918 votes, depending on if you ask Republicans or Democrats.

The final county to be tallied is Ulster — where Tkaczyk won about 61 percent of the vote on Election Day.

With roughly 4,000-4,500 ballots to be counted, Tkaczyk would have to get about — you guessed it — 61 or 62 percent to pull out a victory.

Counting in Ulster begins today and is expected to take a few days.

With this last race to go, Democrats and Republicans are each claiming 31 seats — thanks in part to Simcha Felder saying he’d join the Republican conference even though he won his Brooklyn race as a Democrat.

If Tkaczyk wins, the spotlight will immediately shift to Sen. Jeff Klein (D-Bronx) and his four-member “Independent Democratic Caucus” that has refused say whether it will back a Democrat to lead the chamber or go with current Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos (R-Rockville Centre).

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