Pheffer Amato takes lead in Assembly District 23 race

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Incumbent Assemblywoman Stacey Pheffer Amato has grabbed the lead in her race against Republican Challenger Thomas Sullivan during an ongoing mandatory hand recount on Tuesday morning, Dec. 6. Pheffer Amato currently leads by seven votes for the first time since election night in her re-election bid for Assembly District 23 in south Queens, which she has represented since 2017.

She also secured a favorable ruling Tuesday after Queens Supreme Court Justice Joseph Risi ordered the New York City Board of Elections to count 94 absentee ballots and four affidavits, which the board had mistakenly declared invalid.

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