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Tkaczyk sworn in after prolonged campaign

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ALBANY, N.Y. - More than two months after the election, Cecilia Tkaczyk was officially sworn in as the elected representative of the 46th State Senate District in Albany on Wednesday.

Senator Tkaczyk was sworn in during a ceremony joined by her husband, Eric, their son Peter and Senate Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins.

Ninty ballots were counted at the Ulster County Board of Elections Friday one ballot in Albany County, with a result of Democrat Cecilia Tkaczyk leading the race for the 46th Senate District by 18 votes over George Amedore.

The 46th Senate District covers parts of Albany, Greene, Montgomery, Schenectady and Ulster Counties.

"This is a very humbling experience, and I thank the voters and many volunteers who generously offered their time and support to help elect me," Senator Cecilia Tkaczyk said. "I ran for office to ensure all residents of the 46th Senate District have access to the good paying jobs, well-protected environment, equal treatment and responsive, progressive government they deserve."

Tkaczyk says it is an incredible privilege to have been elected and now it is time to begin serving her constituents.

"It's gratifying to finally find I am the winner in this very long, grueling campaign," says Tkaczyk.

Senator Tkaczyk says her top priorities are kick-starting the upstate economy, supporting women's healthcare, reforming our campaign finance system and protecting the region's magnificent natural resources.

The race for the 46th Senate District seat was far from clear-cut. Last month, an acting State Supreme Court judge certified Amedore as the winner, but Tkaczyk appealed the decision, resulting in the recent ballot count.

Tkaczyk says Amedore called her Friday afternoon to wish her well.

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