Republican Congresswoman-elect Ann Marie Buerkle officially won last month's election to represent the 25th Congressional District when Democrat incumbent Congressman Dan Maffei conceded Nov. 23. He was running for a second term.
Buerkle won by less than three-tenths of 1 percent; there was a margin of 567 votes. As it stands, the votes for Buerkle added to 104,374 compared to 103,80 for Maffei.
The two sides challenged the validity of just under 400 ballots, but it was not enough to turn the race in the incumbent's favor.
The same day Maffei conceded, he also released the following statement to his supporters, constituents and friends:
"I am deeply and forever grateful for the opportunity to serve you during the past two years. When I won the Congressional seat, I pledged to give it my all everyday and I did just that. I came home every weekend, stayed focused on local issues while supporting national policies beneficial to our region, and did my best to bring our troops home safely from Iraq and Afghanistan.
I served every day honored to live in a city where a shy kid of modest means from a proud Syracuse family and a graduate of the Syracuse public schools could grow up to earn the trust of his community to represent you in Congress. And I learned from you every day, listening to your stories and working tirelessly on your behalf.
My staff both in Washington and in Upstate New York was terrific. I helped them assist thousands of you with challenges ranging from not getting fair treatment from insurance companies and banks to getting life-saving Veterans benefits to keeping businesses open.
The electorate may have changed tremendously from 2008 to 2010 in terms of who turned out to vote but I kept my pledges to the people who elected me and I will forever be proud of that. Not only do I not apologize for my positions on the stimulus, the health care bill, financial reform, and the credit card bill, but my only regret is that there were not more opportunities to make healthcare more affordable to people and businesses and get more resources to the region for needed public projects - particularly transportation and public schools.