It wasn’t until three months after the November 2020 elections that Claudia Tenney, a Republican, was named the definitive winner of New York's 22nd Congressional District, a flip-flopping district in Central New York that had been represented by Democrat Anthony Brindisi since 2018, and who, in turn, had won the seat from Tenney.

By the end of the count, Tenney had beat Brindisi by 109 votes, but not before a judicial review found multiple errors committed by eight county boards of election.

Since then, reformers in the state Legislature have been calling to clean up New York's elections processes.  

Tuesday’s “debacle” in the New York City mayoral primary race has amplified those calls.

"The situation in New York City is a national embarrassment and must be dealt with promptly and properly,” state Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins said in statement.  “In the coming weeks, the Senate will be holding hearings on this situation and will seek to pass reform legislation as a result at the earliest opportunity."

Sen. Zellnor Myrie, chair of the Senate Elections Committee, discussed the situation Wednesday on Capital Tonight.

“We have a statewide problem and it requires a statewide solution,” Myrie told Capital Tonight. “There are structural issues that may need to change; there are constitutional issues that may need to change. But as you know, it’s a deliberative process that requires us to hear all stakeholders.”

Of the New York City race, Myrie said, thankfully, the DOE’s mistake came during preliminary results.

“The election isn’t certified until July 12, or a little bit after that,” he said.