17th Congressional District: Lowey vs. Carvin vs. Morganthaler
Congresswoman Nita Lowey (D/Harrison) was reelected to a 13th term in the 17th District, defeating Republican Rye Supervisor Joe Carvin and independent candidate Francis Morganthaler.
According to unofficial results, Lowey nearly doubled the votes cast for Carvin, while Morganthaler was a non factor in the race.
Shortly after 11 p.m., Carvin conceded victory to Lowey in what he called a “disappointing loss”
“While I’m disappointed we lost, I’m proud of the campaign we ran,” Carvin said at the podium inside the Crowne Plaza in White Plains.
Carvin said his “issue-based” campaign is one he thinks his family and friends were proud of. One thing that was an emphasis for Carvin was the debt currently facing every level of government in the country. He said his campaign was a clear one in which voters knew the message he was trying to convey.
“We have crisis of government at every level across the nation, New York more than most,” Carvin said in an interview afterward. “And ultimately if we don’t rationalize government, make it more efficient we will not be able to compete with other countries across the countries across the globe. We will continue to lose jobs.”
Lowey is the ranking Democrat on the House Appropriations Subcommittee on State and Foreign Operations and a member of the subcommittee on Homeland Security and subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies.
The redrawn 17th Congressional District covers Peekskill, Cortlandt, part of Yorktown, Ossining, part of New Castle, Mount Pleasant, Greenburgh, White Plains, Harrison, Rye, Scarsdale and parts of Rockland County.
18th Congressional District: Hayworth vs. Maloney
Sean Patrick Maloney (D-Cold Spring), protégé of former President Bill Clinton, will be the next representative of the NY 18th Congressional District, according to the unofficial results from the Board of Elections.
Maloney beat Rep. Nan Hayworth (R-Bedford) 112,481 votes to 100,016 votes.
Hayworth, 52, is a licensed physician who beat Rep. John Hall for the congressional seat in 2010. She currently serves on the House Financial Services Committee and is one of only three GOP House members to join the LGBT Equality Caucus, a group of lawmakers advocating gay rights.
Maloney has worked as a senior West Wing adviser to President Bill Clinton between 1997 and 2000. He is also the former First Deputy Secretary to Gov. Eliot Spitzer and Gov. David Paterson. He is currently a partner with the Orrick law firm in its New York office and is a member of the Energy and Infrastructure Group.
New York’s 18th Congressional District includes all of Orange and Putnam counties and parts of Westchester and Dutchess counties, including Somers and parts of Yorktown.
New York State Senate
37th Senate District: Cohen vs. Latimer
State Assemblyman George Latimer (D/Rye) will be moving up to the Senate after defeating Republican Bob Cohen in a tough fought race to succeed retiring longtime Senator Suzi Oppenheimer in the 37th District.
According to unofficial results, with 81% of districts reporting, Latimer received 55% of the votes cast to Cohen’s 45%.
Latimer, surrounded by Democratic colleagues and State Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins, said he and all of the team are proud to be Democrats.
“I am proud to be working with Senator Cousins. We can govern intelligently and compassionately. We stick to our principles. We stick to what we believe in,” Latimer said. “My opponent Bob Cohen has conceded and I have accepted. This has not been a pretty race and I have been called many things.
You know what? You can call me senator from now on.”
Latimer has been an assemblyman since 2004. He previously served on the Westchester County Board of Legislators. Oppenheimer served in the Senate since 1985.
Cohen, who lives in New Rochelle, is a businessman and volunteer firefighter. He said he hoped to serve alongside Assemblyman Robert Castelli, who also lost. “We all had high hopes,” Cohen said.
The 37th Senate District covers many municipalities in Westchester, including Bedford and North Castle.
38th Senate District: Carlucci vs. Castaldi
State Senator David Carlucci (D/Clarkstown) was reelected to a second term in the redrawn 38th District with a convincing win over Republican challenger Janis Castaldi of Ossining.
The district primarily encompasses Rockland County, with Ossining being the only municipality in Westchester in the district.
According to unofficial results from the Westchester Board of Elections, Carlucci captured 70% of the votes cast. In Rockland, according to unofficial results, Carlucci also won about 70% of the votes.
“I have been able to run on a record of results,” Carlucci told a cable news reporter, mentioning he was one of only three state senators endorsed by Governor Andrew Cuomo.
Prior to being elected to the state Senate, Carlucci, 31, served as town clerk in Clarkstown from 2006 to 2011.
Castaldi, 59, is a former Ossining village trustee who switched from the Democratic Party to the Republican Party. She owns LizzFitness in Ossining.
40th Senate District: Ball vs. Wagner
In an emailed statement, State Sen. Greg Ball (Patterson – R, C, I) announced that with 100 reporting he has won Dutchess County by 1,918 votes, with 100% reporting he has won Putnam County by 5,037 votes and with 78% reporting he is down in Westchester County by 3,183 votes giving ball a commanding 3,772 vote lead.
“It is one thing to make promises every two years, it is another thing entirely to deliver results. Working with Governor Cuomo, in a bipartisan way, I have delivered. In just two years we have repealed the MTA payroll tax, capped property taxes and cut income taxes across the board,” said Senator Greg Ball. “In the next two years I will continue my independent voting record and lead the fight to create good paying local jobs, deliver real and lasting tax relief, freeze school taxes for seniors, and reign in our unaccountable utilities. I’m glad the campaign is over, and ready to get back to work.”
Ball received 3,000 less votes in Westchester County, with Democratic challenger Justin Wagner receiving 52 percent of the vote.
41st Senate District: Saland vs. Gipson vs. DiCarlo
After 32 years in Albany, it looks like the voters decided it was time for Sen. Steve Saland (R-Poughkeepsie) to retire. Unofficial results show that Terry Gipson (D-Rhinebeck), a trustee for the Village of Rhinebeck won the 41st State Senatorial District.
So far Gipson has earned 49,342 votes and Saland had 47,749. Conservative candidate Neil DiCarlo (C-Brewster) received 16,220 votes.
New York State Assembly
93rd Assembly District: Castelli vs. Buchwald
White Plains Councilman David Buchwald ended Republican incumbent Robert Castelli’s run in the state Assembly with a solid win Tuesday night in the 93rd Assembly District.
With more than 100 members of the city’s Democratic Party also on hand to celebrate victories by George Latimer in the state Senate and Rep. Nita Lowey, Buchwald, 34, defeated Castelli by nearly 2,500 votes (53 to 47 percent) with 88 percent of the precincts reporting.
Buchwald, who pledged to have his district office in Mount Kisco if he was elected, had spent much of his time campaigning in the northern portion of the district to acquaint himself to constituents unfamiliar with him.
Castelli has been in the Assembly since February 2010, when he won a special election over Westchester County Board of Legislators Democratic Majority Leader Peter Harckham. The special election was necessary after Adam Bradley was elected mayor of White Plains. Then in November 2010, Castelli narrowly defeated current White Plains Mayor Thomas Roach.
There were two voting machines in White Plains that were reported broken. It is expected the vote would be finalized before the end of the week.
94th Assembly District: Katz vs. Falk
Assemblyman Steve Katz coasted to a comfortable victory Tuesday night over his Democratic challenger Andrew Falk.
On the strength of the significant margin of victory in Putnam County, the Mohegan Lake Republican was able to more than offset a merely even race in Westchester. With 100 percent of Putnam precincts reporting, Katz received in 15,208 while Falk received 11,836 (56 to 44 percent of the vote.) In contrast, Katz received 51 percent of the vote in Westchester with just 381 more votes than Falk.
“My constituents know how hard I’ve worked for them and they know that I’ve given them the things I’ve promised, which is honesty, integrity and effectiveness.”
He said that he knew he was strong in Putnam but that the Westchester portion of the district was going to be a tough fight. Katz pointed to Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, who authorized spending of more than $125,000 into Falk’s campaign fund.
95th Assembly District: Galef vs. Izzarelli
Incumbent Assemblywoman Sandy Galef (D/Ossining) beat Republican challenger Kim Izzarelli.
Unofficial results show that Galef has 25,211 votes to Izzarelli’s 11,677 votes.
Galef, 72, has served 10 consecutive terms in the Assembly. Prior to being elected to the state Legislature she was a Westchester County legislator for 13 years. A former elementary school teacher in Scarsdale, Galef resides in Ossining.
Izzarelli, 52, has never held elected office. Last year she ran for the Ossining Town Board, and in 2007 she sought a seat as a Village of Briarcliff trustee. Izzarelli is an independent pension and retirement consultant and resides in Briarcliff Manor.
The 95th Assembly District stretches from Cortlandt to Ossining in Westchester and includes the towns of Philipstown and Kent in Putnam County.
Putnam County Legislature
District 1: Scuccimarra vs. Rosario
Barbara Scuccimarra (R-Garrison) beat Stephen Rosario (D-Garrison), 55 percent to 45 percent, for the Legislative District 1 seat, according to the unofficial results posted by the Putnam County Board of Elections. The results show Scuccimarra with 2,790 votes and Rosario with 2,318 votes.
Scuccimarra will succeed Leg. Vincent Tamagna who will conclude his 18th year of representing the district at the end of the year.
District 4: Nacerino vs. Shulgin
Luz Shulgin (D-Patterson) may have gotten the nod from Mary Conklin (R-Patterson), the outgoing legislator representing District 4, but Patterson Town Councilwoman Ginny Nacerino (R-Patterson) won the vote of the people. Nacerino picked up 61 percent of the votes garnering 2,178 votes to Shulgin’s 1,396 votes.
“I am honored and flattered that the people of Patterson have chosen me to be their next legislator and I promise not to disappoint them,” said Nacerino. “I am committed and I take this job very seriously. I look forward to working as a legislator with the Patterson town board in a cohesive manner to have a stronger voice for Patterson. I think that has been remised in recent years.”
After learning so much from this election experience, Shulgin is looking forward to taking a more active role in the community.
“I started my campaign five months and I am a newbie so everything was a learning experience,” Shulgin said. “I am very happy with the way we executed our campaign. I want to be more involved with the community. I want to help grow small businesses I want to help grow Patterson. I am just starting and I will work with my opponent to bring forward new ideas because whether the ideas come from government or from its citizens a good idea is a good idea and if we can implement it everyone would benefit.”
District 6: Gross vs. Sloat
Roger Cross (R-Southeast), who assumed the role of District 6 legislator when Tony Hay was elected supervisor of the Town of Southeast, is the projected winner of Nov. 6’s legislative race. Unofficially Gross won with 66 percent of the votes with 3038 ballots cast in his favor. Cathie Sloat (D-Southeast), who also ran unsuccessfully against Gross in 2011 for the Southeast Town Board had 1,575 votes.
“I am very lucky and I am very appreciative to the people of Southeast,” said Gross. “I am honored by their support. I am excited to be on the legislature and I want to stay connected to the town and as a legislator do the best for the residents and the county. In the past few months that I have been on the legislature I have learned that government does work. The county has gotten things done—it is a very efficient government and I look forward to working with the county executive.”
Democratic challenger Cathie Sloat admits she that had a slim chance of winning the seat, but says going door-to-door was the most gratifying process.
“I think the campaign went well,” said Sloat. “I did what I set out to do and I am proud. I love going door-to-door canvassing and speaking to people and listening to what is on their mind. What I really found out is that people do not know what the county does.”
Gross will serve the remainder of Hay’s term and intends on running in 2013 for a full term.
District 7: Castellano vs. Morini
After current District 7 Legislator Dan Birmingham decided to give up his bid for reelection, it’s projected that candidate Joseph Castellano (R-Brewster) will win the legislative seat. Castellano picked up 56 percent of the vote. The unofficial results show that Castellano collected 2,055 votes and Paul Morini (D-Brewster)garnered 1,611 votes.
Castellano, who has been working for the Westchester County Clerk’s office since 1996, is eager to use his institutional knowledge to benefit his own community.
“I understand how county government works,” he said. “I have been working for Westchester County since 1996, I am a civil servant. When the opportunity presented itself I knew that I could do it and I am thrilled that the voters in my district came out and voted for me.”
Morini was grateful for the experience.
“My mother has run for office a few times before, so I knew what to expect,” said Morini. “Part of the reason I ran was to show my kids what it is about and the fact that you can get out there and make a difference. I think the important thing is the lesson that my kids got to learn the process. For me that is very rewarding.”