22nd Congressional district

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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York election workers would have to start counting absentee ballots earlier under legislation that passed the state Senate Wednesday.

Lawmakers, including Sen. Mike Gianaris, say the state must prevent another election year like 2020, when delays, litigation and mistakes by election boards who faced a flood of absentee ballots led to days, weeks and in some instances months of confusion over election results in New York.

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Rep. Claudia Tenney (R-New Hartford) was in her home district Tuesday to announce her introduction of the Remember Our Local Heroes Act. The bill would give federal funding to local organizations responsible for building and maintaining memorials for fallen veterans and first responders. 

“So many of these local governments have not had the resources to give the proper recognition posthumously to these people and remember them as this beautiful park is done,” said Tenney. 

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By the slimmest of margins -- just 89 people -- New York will slip from 27 to 26 congressional districts after next year’s elections, now that the 2020 census figures show the state’s population is not growing as quickly as most other states. 

The Census Bureau said if 89 more residents had been counted, and other states’ population counts had remained the same, New York would not have lost the seat.  

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Negotiations continue between Oneida County and the U.S. Department of Justice over a settlement agreement, after the Justice Department said it was suing the county for voter disenfranchisement in last year’s congressional race between Claudia Tenney and Anthony Brindisi. The county may be limited in what it can do.

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Last week, Oneida County Attorney Peter Rayhill was told by the United States Department of Justice that it’s planning on suing the county over voter disenfranchisement.

Rayhill said this follows a determination by New York State Supreme Court Judge Scott DelConte that found the county in violation of voters’ rights.

“He said, ‘it's not my place to do anything about that. Other people will have to look at it and decide what they want to do.’” said Rayhill.   

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The Oneida County elections commissioners are stepping down, after an extremely close election for the 22nd Congressional District revealed significant errors on behalf of the Oneida County Board of Elections.

Carolanne Cardone, the Democratic elections commissioner, submitted her resignation on Tuesday, according to the Oneida County Legislature clerk. The Republican elections commissioner, Rose Grimaldi, is expected to submit her resignation Wednesday.

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On this week's episode of the Campbell Conversations, Grant Reeher speaks with Anthony Brindisi, the former Democratic Congressman who just conceded his race for reelection in the 22nd District against Republican challenger Claudia Tenney. The 22nd District includes Chenango, Cortland,  Madison and Oneida counties and parts of Broome, Herkimer, Tioga and Oswego counties.

Full interview transcript

Brindisi/Tenney campaigns

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Democratic U.S. Rep. Anthony Brindisi conceded Monday that it was “time to close the book on this election,” hours after New York officials certified Republican Claudia Tenney’s razor-thin victory in the nation’s last undecided congressional race.

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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A New York judge ruled Friday that Republican Claudia Tenney defeated U.S. Rep. Anthony Brindisi by 109 votes in the nation’s last undecided congressional race.

The ruling by Judge Scott DelConte could clear the way for Tenney to be sworn in as the representative for central New York’s 22nd Congressional District, barring emergency intervention by a state appeals court.

Brindisi/Tenney campaigns

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Former U.S. Rep. Claudia Tenney appeared on the verge of recapturing her old seat in Congress as election officials finished counting ballots Monday in the nation’s last undecided U.S. House race.

Tenney, a central New York Republican, began the day with a 122-vote lead over U.S. Rep. Anthony Brindisi, according to unofficial vote totals from both campaigns. Brindisi was the Democrat who ousted Tenney from office in 2018.

NY-22: Judge Sets-Up What Could Be Final Stages In Drawn Out Race

Jan 29, 2021
Brindisi/Tenney campaigns

The Oswego County Supreme Court Justice presiding over ballot review in New York’s 22nd Congressional District ordered Friday that the eight county Boards of Elections must certify their vote counts by the end of the day on Tuesday, Feb. 2.

Lawyers give final arguments in 22nd Congressional District race

Jan 22, 2021
Brindisi/Tenney campaigns

SYRACUSE, NY (WSKG) — Lawyers for Democrat Anthony Brindisi and Republican Claudia Tenney met on Friday to give their final arguments in the neck-and-neck race for New York’s 22nd Congressional District.

The seat is the only one still vacant in all of Congress.

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In the 22nd Congressional District race, the last undecided congressional race in the nation, a judge has ordered the Oneida County Board of Elections to review more than 1,000 rejected affidavit ballots. Republican Claudia Tenney has a lead over incumbent Democrat Anthony Brindisi of just 29 votes.

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Syracuse-area Rep. John Katko said his history as a moderate Republican will be in play as Congress begins its 117th session in Washington. Katko expects more sway from moderates and his reputation will be a positive.

Stefanik signs on to legal brief to overturn presidential results

Dec 10, 2020
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North Country Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-Schuylerville) signed onto a brief filed by 106 members of Congress Thursday in favor of a legal effort by Texas to overturn the results of the presidential election.

Texas is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to block results from four swing states that voted for President-Elect Joe Biden, Georgia, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania and Michigan.

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A judge has ruled that the county boards of elections in the 22nd Congressional District must correct all errors, past objections, and recanvass the ballots, when necessary, in the race between Democratic incumbent Rep. Anthony Brindisi and Republican challenger Claudia Tenney. State Supreme Court Justice Scott DelConte wrote in his order that seven boards of elections had “careless or inadvertent failures” in canvassing affidavit and absentee ballots, and preserving challenges to those ballots.

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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Policies favoring secrecy over transparency have meant that New Yorkers will be among the last Americans to learn the final vote tallies in the 2020 election, with results in a few races still unknown one month after Election Day.

Several of the locally run elections boards responsible for processing a record 2 million absentee ballots cast in the state decided not to release any rolling updates on how their count of those mail-in votes was progressing until the very last vote was tallied.

Brindisi/Tenney campaigns

The 22nd Congressional District race between Republican Claudia Tenney and Democratic incumbent Anthony Brindisi, is one of the closest in the country. A month after Election Day, there is still no winner, and one might not be determined anytime soon. A judge has to rule on challenges to more than 2,000 absentee and affidavit ballots. At the moment, the race is only separated by 12 votes, with Tenney leading. Besides the razor thin margin, the absentee ballot counting process has been plagued by some errors and inefficiencies made by election officials.

Brindisi/Tenney campaigns

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Nearly a month after Election Day, a county in New York on Monday said it had discovered a small batch of uncounted ballots with the potential to sway the outcome of one of the nation’s closest battles for a seat in Congress.

Chenango County informed a state judge it had discovered 55 ballots cast during the state’s early voting period in the ultra-tight race between U.S. Rep. Anthony Brindisi, a Democrat, and his Republican challenger, former U.S. Rep. Claudia Tenney.

Brindisi/Tenney campaigns

Rep. Anthony Brindisi’s (D-Utica) campaign said Wednesday he has taken the lead over Republican challenger Claudia Tenney in the race for New York’s 22nd Congressional District.

Brindisi trailed Tenney by more than 28,000 votes on election night, but did not concede, saying he was confident enough absentee ballots would swing his way to give him the win.

Brindisi/Tenney campaigns

OSWEGO, N.Y. (AP) — A state judge has ordered a hold on the certification of election results in the tight race for New York’s 22nd Congressional District that stretches from Lake Ontario to the Pennsylvania border.

A state supreme court judge in Oswego County issued an injunction on Tuesday blocking all the eight counties included in the district from certifying results.

Republican Claudia Tenney is vying to reclaim her seat in Congress from incumbent U.S. Rep. Anthony Brindisi, the Democrat.

Brindisi/Tenney campaigns

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A rematch between a former Republican congressional member and the Democrat who ousted her from office two years ago has come down to a just a few dozen votes, with a judge likely to play a role in the final outcome.

Brindisi/Tenney campaigns

The race for New York’s 22nd Congressional District has come down to the wire. With nearly 5,000 new votes from Chenango County on Thursday, Democrat Anthony Brindisi and Republican challenger Claudia Tenney are approximately 206 votes apart.

The current tally comes from unofficial vote counts reported by all eight county boards of elections in the district.

Brindisi continues to close in on Tenney's election night lead

Nov 18, 2020
Brindisi/Tenney campaigns

BINGHAMTON, NY (WSKG) — The race for New York’s 22nd Congressional District is narrowing. As of Wednesday evening, incumbent Anthony Brindisi (D-Utica) trailed Republican challenger Claudia Tenney by fewer than 2,000 votes.

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Central New York Democratic State Sen. Rachel May has declared victory over Republican challenger Sam Rodgers in the 53rd state Senate race. May leads by more than 10,000 votes, with about 5,000 absentee ballots left to be counted. In a statement, May said she's grateful central New Yorkers voted decisively to give her a second term.

Meanwhile, Onondaga County started counting absentee ballots in the 50th state Senate race between Republican Angi Renna and Democrat John Mannion. Renna’s campaign has objected to nearly 500 ballots, over issues like time stamps of when ballots were received and matching signatures. A campaign has the right to make objections, but it’s raising some concerns.

Absentee ballot count begins in 22nd Congressional District race

Nov 11, 2020
Brindisi/Tenney campaigns

BINGHAMTON, NY (WSKG) — Absentee ballot counting in New York’s 22nd Congressional District began Tuesday. An Oswego County Supreme Court justice previously prohibited counties from starting the tally until legal questions from the candidates were answered.

Former Republican representative Claudia Tenney and incumbent Rep. Anthony Brindisi (D-Utica) both filed lawsuits with the court requesting judicial supervision of the ballot-counting.

NY-22: Candidates debate health care, policing

Oct 23, 2020
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With just 12 days until the election, candidates for New York’s 22nd Congressional District made their case to voters during a broadcast debate Thursday night. Democratic incumbent Anthony Brindisi, former Republican representative Claudia Tenney and Libertarian candidate Keith Price were present.

Brindisi/Tenney campaigns

Recently released reports from the Federal Elections Commission show that Rep. Anthony Brindisi (D-Utica) raised three times as much as former Rep. Claudia Tenney (R-New Hartford) in the last three months of 2019.

Brindisi brought in $909,992.95 last quarter, leaving him with $1.85 million on hand going into what will likely be an expensive and hard fought reelection campaign.

“I think it shows that we have a lot of folks out there, individual contributors who are proud of the effort that we are putting forth,” Brindisi said in an interview Saturday.

Brindisi looks back at first year in office

Dec 31, 2019
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Since Democrats took control of the House of Representatives in the 2018 midterm elections, eyes have been on freshmen members of the party like Rep. Anthony Brindisi (D-Utica), who promised pragmatic bipartisanship on the campaign trail, and pushed through a divisive year challenging that.

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Congressmen in two of central New York’s swing districts will be voting along party lines in this week’s impeachment vote in Washington.

Rep. Anthony Brindisi (D-Utica) announced Tuesday morning that he will vote with a majority of Democrats to impeach President Trump. As recently Monday, he said he wasn’t sure how he was going to vote, but admitted it was one of the toughest decisions of his political career. And he promised that the politics of running as a Democrat in a district that voted overwhelmingly for Trump three years ago, doesn’t play into his decision.