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.
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."