Pheffer Amato sworn into fourth term in NYS Assembly following protracted election recount

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Assemblywoman Stacey Pheffer Amato received a standing ovation from her colleagues Monday, Jan. 9, after she was officially sworn in for her fourth term in the lower chamber.

Speaker Carl Heastie introduced a resolution to seat Pheffer Amato and it was unanimously approved by the full state Assembly.

Pheffer Amato has represented Assembly District 23 in south Queens since 2017, but her race against Republican challenger Thomas Sullivan of Breezy Point took nearly two months to determine. In the end, Pheffer Amato edged Sullivan by just 15 votes after nearly 32,000 were cast in the general election.

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