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After Long Wait, Democrat Brindisi Flips New York House Seat

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Democrat Anthony Brindisi has defeated Republican U.S. Rep. Claudia Tenney in a congressional race in upstate New York settled more than three weeks after Election Day.

The race was too close to call Nov. 6, prompting a long wait as local election officials tallied absentee ballots.

Brindisi's victory in a district of dairy farms and former manufacturing towns came after an acrimonious contest with Tenney, who was seeking a second term.

Democrats complained when Tenney's staff sent out a memo claiming the family of her Italian-American opponent had mafia ties.

A strong supporter of gun ownership rights, Tenney also took criticism for saying in an interview that many people behind mass murders are Democrats.

Brindisi is a 39-year-old lawyer and state assemblyman who campaigned on calls for civility.

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Dave Lucas is WAMC’s Capital Region Bureau Chief. Born and raised in Albany, he’s been involved in nearly every aspect of local radio since 1981. Before joining WAMC, Dave was a reporter and anchor at WGY in Schenectady. Prior to that he hosted talk shows on WYJB and WROW, including the 1999 series of overnight radio broadcasts tracking the JonBenet Ramsey murder case with a cast of callers and characters from all over the world via the internet. In 2012, Dave received a Communicator Award of Distinction for his WAMC news story "Fail: The NYS Flood Panel," which explores whether the damage from Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee could have been prevented or at least curbed. Dave began his radio career as a “morning personality” at WABY in Albany.
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