- Associated Press - Thursday, April 21, 2016

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - Democrats say the swearing in of New York’s newest state senator shouldn’t be delayed because Senate Republicans are demanding a full recount in the election on Long Island to replace ex-GOP Senate Leader Dean Skelos, who was convicted of corruption.

Todd Kaminsky won 780 more votes than Republican Chris McGrath Tuesday, but at least 2,700 absentee ballots remain uncounted.

McGrath has not conceded. His campaign says absentee ballots must be tallied and voting machine ballots recounted.

Democrats want Kaminsky sworn in before the Senate reconvenes May 3. A spokesman for Senate Democrats said Thursday that Republicans shouldn’t “disenfranchise” voters by delaying the process.

A Kaminsky win would give Democrats a majority of Senate seats. Each party now has 31 seats, though Republicans lead thanks to support from six breakaway Democrats.

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