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NYS Supreme Court temporarily delays full certification of NY-22 results

(WBNG) -- The residents of New York Congressional District 22 will have to wait at least a week longer for representation in Congress.

New York State Supreme Court Justice Scott DelConte issued a temporary stay to Oneida County Monday, enjoining or stopping them from certifying the results of the NY-22 election in the county.

This ruling only affects Oneida; the other seven counties in the district are still allowed to certify their election results Tuesday, at least for the moment.

Earlier in the day, former Rep. Anthony Brindisi (D) requested the court to order a full manual audit of the more than 325,000 votes cast in the race, citing irregularities in the difference between machine and hand count vote totals.

As of Monday morning, Brindisi trails former Rep. Claudia Tenney (R) by 122 votes; her lead increased from 29 votes when Oneida County reported the results of its correction of the DMV voter registration errors.

The justice issued the stay largely to answer one question: if the counties were to certify Tenney (who represented the district in the 115th Congress) as the current winner, would the Appellate Division of the State Supreme Court have the jurisdiction to unseat her from Congress?

Legal briefs from each campaign are due Thursday regarding the issue; oral arguments in court will be made Friday at 1.

Brindisi represented the district until the new Congress was seated this past January.

His and Tenney's legal teams have both already appealed one ruling each to the Appellate Division, and both sides have suggested more appeals are likely coming.

Josh Rosenblatt

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