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Voters head to polls, want their voice back in 116th Assembly District

By JOLEEN FERRIS

DECISION 2011 (WKTV) - The people of the 116th Assembly district get back their voice Tuesday night.

It's the special election to replace Assemblywoman RoAnn Destito, who left the post this spring when the governor appointed her Commissioner of the Office of General Services.

The office has been empty for four months.

Democrat and Working Families candidate Anthony Brindisi voted Tuesday morning at Proctor High School in east Utica. Brindisi says there was some insomnia on special election eve, but that election day has brought peace and relief.

"You do what you can, you work hard during the campaign and you kind of just sit back and put it in God's hands today and whatever it is, it is. The voters will decide and I'll accept their decision," says Brindisi.

Republican, Conservative and Independence party candidate Greg Johnson says he can look back with pride on the campaign he ran.

"There was never any personal attacks on my behalf and I'm very proud of that," says Johnson.

Both say that, if they are the one bringing boxes into the fourth floor Assembly office in the state office building Wednesday, jobs will be priority one.

"It's really getting New York back on the right track and that's getting good jobs to come back to this area and we can do that by lowering taxes and controlling government spending. We need people to start working together in government not working against each other," says Brindisi.

Republican Johnson points to his jobs plan.

"It's a campaign of jobs jobs jobs," Johnson said. "I've made a commitment that I will help private industry create an additional 300 jobs at Griffiss International Airport by January."

Officials with the State Board of Elections say that if the margin of victory Tuesday night outweighs the number of absentee, affidavit and emergency ballots still out there, the winner may be known and that person could be in the local assembly office by Wednesday morning.

There are currently 764 absentee ballots at the Oneida County Board of Elections and that's not including those received in Tuesday's mail. The number of affidavits and emergency ballots will not be known until Wednesday.

State election officials say it's up to the winning candidate to arrange their own swearing in, and that it can be done by the Assembly Speaker or any state judge.

Polls close at 9 p.m. on Tuesday.

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