Steuben County Republican Chairman Joe Sempolinski has won the special election for New York's current 23rd Congressional District, defeating Democrat Max Della Pia, chairman of the Tioga County Democratic Committee, The Associated Press projects.

Sempolinski will serve out the remainder of former Rep. Tom Reed's term. Reed had already planned not to run for re-election, but then resigned in May to work for the lobbying arm of a public relations firm, prompting this special election for his seat.

Sempolinski formerly served as Reed's campaign manager and then district director. He will serve in Congress until the end of the year, when the current 23rd District's boundaries expire. This means his stint in the House of Representatives will be a brief one.

Sempolinski was born in Elmira and lives in Canisteo with his wife and daughters.

Max Della Pia will be the Democratic nominee for the new 23rd District.


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