Republican Claudia Tenney was officially sworn in Thursday morning to the U.S. House of Representatives by Speaker Nancy Pelosi to serve New York’s 22nd congressional district, ending the seat’s nearly three months-long vacancy and epic court battle over mail-in ballot disputes.
The New York State Board of Elections certified Tenney’s win by 109 votes on Tuesday over Democratic incumbent Anthony Brindisi, clinching her victory for the seat that covers parts of eight upstate counties spanning from the cities of Utica to Binghamton.
The seat has been empty for nearly 40 days since the year’s start as the result of lengthy court battle that’s dragged on since the November general election.
Both the Tenney and Brindisi campaigns disputed hundreds of ballots leading to litany of court hearings that exposed a jumble of local board of election errors, leaving a stain on the state’s election process.
The debate over missing ballots, voter registration errors and ballots found in drawers with sticky notes among other issues triggered an eventual recount of thousands of mail-in ballots ordered by upstate Supreme Court Justice Scott DelConte of Oneida County.
Tenney’s win is also the conclusion of a rematch with Brindisi who bested her in 2018 when she was a freshman congresswoman after winning in a red wave year bolstered by fervor over former-President Donald Trump in the district.