Anthony Brindisi says he believes he'll ultimately be declared the winner in a very tight race in New York's 22nd Congressional District.

State Supreme Court Justice Patrick MacRae has ordered all ballots in the contest between Brindisi, the Democratic candidate, and Republican Representative Claudia Tenney be impounded.

The latest count showed Brindisi with a 1,293 vote lead over Tenney. At the end of the vote count on election night, Brindisi was ahead of Tenney by 1,422 votes. His lead shrank after the votes from one machine in northern Broome County were tabulated.

Speaking on WNBF Radio's Binghamton Now program Thursday, Brindisi said because of the areas where many of the absentee and affidavit ballots are coming from, he is "still very confident" of prevailing.

Brindisi said he's "moving forward" by speaking with Democratic and Republican members of Congress about things he'd like to work on if he ultimately is victorious.

Tenney was not available for comment. But on Friday, her campaign manager accused Brindisi of trying to interfere with the counting of votes.

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