A court-ordered hand recount has Assemblywoman Stacey Pheffer Amato ahead by seven votes in the race for Assembly District 23, not counting 94 ballots that a court ruled today will be counted after being previously invalidated by the city Board of Elections.

The ruling from the Queens Supreme Court is a pivotal moment in the race between incumbent Assemblywoman Stacey Pheffer Amato (D-Rockaway Park) and challenger Tom Sullivan of Breezy Point.