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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.

Tom Sullivan is ahead of Assemblywoman Stacey Pheffer Amato in the race for District 23 by just a handful of votes.

Out of 32,245 votes cast, the race for Assembly District 23 is now split by just three votes and the winner still not be known until December.

Incumbent Assemblywoman Stacey Pheffer Amato (D-Rockaway Park) released a statement Wednesday morning providing an update on the state of the race.

Just seven votes are reportedly separating the Assembly District 23 race as of Thursday night but a winner may still not be known until the end of the month.

That was the latest update Tom Sullivan, who is challenging incumbent Assemblywoman Stacey Pheffer Amato (D-Rockaway Park), got from a city Board of Elections representative and the attorney whom he hired following his opponent’s lawsuit for a recount naming him and the BOE.


Assemblywoman Stacey Pheffer Amato (D-Rockaway Park) is calling for a recount in the general election for Assembly District 23 against Tom Sullivan.

The race, which has remained officially undecided with 246 votes separating the candidates and Sullivan holding the lead with 94 percent of the vote counted, has yet to be called.

Breast Cancer Awareness Month kicked off in New York with some good news on the legislative level: Insurance will now be required to provide coverage for breast cancer survivors who choose to have chest reconstruction surgery after a mastectomy or partial mastectomy.

As Assemblywoman Stacey Pheffer Amato (D-Rockaway Beach) makes her fourth election run, she remarked, “It’s amazing because I feel like I just started and, at the same time, I know I’m better than when I first started.”

“I can tell how I improved and evolved in the job,” she said in a sit-down interview with the Chronicle’s editorial team this week.


Sundaes and strawberry shortcakes are still a go despite some recent confusion that a bill passed last year prohibits people under 21 from purchasing whipped cream.

In 2021, a bill introduced by state Sen. Joe Addabbo (D-Howard Beach) to prohibit the sale of whipped cream chargers, also known as whippits or whip-its, to those under 21 years old was passed.

Almost exactly 40 years ago, Congressman Joseph Addabbo Sr. celebrated a primary win at Villa Russo in Richmond Hill for a district that had just been drastically redrawn after his 20 years of serving in elected office.

On Tuesday, his son, state Sen. Joe Addabbo Jr. (D-Howard Beach), celebrated a primary victory at the same venue, also following a reapportionment that greatly altered the district he has served for nearly as long.