Court nixes recount bid in state Senate race; GOP to regain control
Republicans will regain control of the state Senate after New York's top court rejected a request today from a Democratic state senator on Long Island for a full manual recount in a race that he narrowly lost.The Court of Appeals upheld a judge's certification that state Sen. Craig Johnson lost to Republican Jack Martins by 451 votes out of almost 85,000 that were cast. Martins' victory gives the GOP a 32-30 majority. The new voting machines used in the state have paper copies of every vote that was cast. Democrats wanted the votes recounted in hopes there were errors and Johnson won. The court's ruling said initial audits showed that there were few discrepancies in the totals.