February 16, 2011

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Kirwan declared winner of Assembly race


BROOKLYN – The Appellate Division of State Supreme Court Wednesday voted 4-0 to declare Thomas Kirwan of Newburgh the winner in the 100th District State Assembly race. He defeated Frank Skartados of Milton, who held the seat for the last two years.

“Winning is better than losing,” Kirwan told

The Appellate Court will now ask the Supreme Court justice handling the case to certify the results with the boards of elections since the district is comprised of portions of Orange, Dutchess and Ulster counties.

Kirwan said with Assembly Republicans now holding 51 votes, they will be able to sustain any vetoes by Governor Andrew Cuomo thus blocking any efforts to Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver to garner support to override.

The race for this seat has been extremely close with the Supreme Court justice spending weeks mulling over individual ballots to decide which would be acceptable as bona fide tallies and which would not.

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