UTICA, N.Y (WUTR) – Former Congressman Anthony Brindisi has announced that he will not run for his old Congressional seat in 2022. The Democrat represented New York’s 22nd Congressional District from 2018 to 2020. He lost his re-election bid to Claudia Tenney by 109 votes in a race that was determined after a lengthy court case regarding the vote count. Brindisi had defeated Tenney is a political upset in 2018 after Tenney sought re-election with strong support from Pres. Trump.
Brindisi noted in his announcement, “This is a crucial time in my kids’ lives, with my son starting high school and daughter entering her final year of elementary school. I’ve missed a lot and want to be closer to my family.”
Brindisi is a partner in the law firm of Brindisi, Murad, Brindisi & Pearlman, LLP. He previously served as a member of the Utica Board of Education and represented the New York’s 119th Assembly District from 2011 until he was elected to Congress in 2018. In the House of Representatives, Brindisi served on the House Agriculture Committee, Armed Services Committee and Veteran’s Affairs Committee.
In 2020, Brindisi and Tenney squared off against each other once again for New York’s 22nd Congressional race. They were also opposed by a Libertarian candidate. The outcome of the race was marred by lawsuits filed by each campaign. The final results of the November 2020 race weren’t known until February 2021 when a state Supreme Court judge certified that all of the valid votes in each county in the district had been canvassed. Out of the more than 326,000 votes cast in the district, Tenney won by 109 votes.
The court review of the district’s vote count uncovered many issues. While State Supreme Court Judge Scott Delconte found no fraud in the voting process, Delconte did uncover several situations in the counties that had to be corrected before the final valid vote totals were calculated. The judge also noted that in Oneida County, the home county for both Tenney and Brindisi, “…over 2,400 timely voter registration applications were not processed before election day, and thousands of eligible voters’ names did not appear in the poll books.”
Brindisi had stated, before the final results of the 2020 election were known, that he would run for Congress in 2022. With his withdrawal from the race there are two declared candidates for the seat in 2022: Democrat Mikayla Ridley from the Binghamton area and Independent Hal Stewart, also from Binghamton. This would be the first political race for each of them. It is expected that Rep. Tenney would seek re-election in 2022.