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Election Saga of Tom Sullivan 23AD and Lester Chang 49AD

On November 8, 2022, Republican flipped 4 State Assembly seats in Queens and Brooklyn:  Tom Sullivan topped Stacey G. Pfeffer Amato by 246 votes in the 23rd District; Michael Novakhov trounced Steven Cymbrowitz by 4,215 votes in the 45th District; Alec Brook-Krasny bettered Mathylde Frontus by 797 votes in the 46th District; and Lester Chang knocked out Peter Abbate by 668 votes in the 49th District.

Queens: 23AD.  Assemblywoman Stacey G. Pfeffer Amato sued (Nov 15).  After absentee votes were cured and counted, Republican challenger Sullivan won by 3 votes (Nov 23).  Recount placed Assemblywoman Pfeffer-Amato up by 1 vote (Dec. 7).  Assemblywoman Amato won two court cases.  She led by 8 votes when counting 11 “overvotes” (Dec 22).  Count of the 74 “cured” ballots, 4 affidavits, and 11 “overvotes” gave her a 15 vote-margin and the win.  (Jan 4).

Brooklyn: 49AD.  Unlike in Queens, Assemblyman Peter J. Abbate, Jr. did not sue.  Instead, Assemblyman-Elect Lester Chang had to appear before the Assembly Judiciary Committee with mountain of documents.  He was seated January 3, 2023.

Photo by Yiatin Chiu.

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