Cuomo Elected Governor, Local Incumbents Squadron and Millman Prevail

Democrat and former state Attorney General Andrew Cuomo has been elected New York’s 56th Governor. While the outcome isn’t surprising, the ease of his victory, projected within minutes of the polls’ closing, is. In local races, there appear to be no surprises. Soon to be no longer freshman State Senator Daniel Squadron is the projected winner over his Republican opponent, Joseph Nardiello. Although no projection has yet been made in the race between incumbent Assembly Member Joan Millman and Republican/Conservative challenger John Jasilli, with 38 of 132 precincts reporting Millman has 87 percent of the vote. Both of Brooklyn Heights’ members of the U.S. House of Representatives (their districts border each other along Henry and Pierrepont Streets), Edolphus Towns (11th District, Democrat) and Nydia Velazquez (12th District, also a Democrat) were re-elected overwhelmingly, each getting over 90 percent of the vote. In the nearby 10th District, incumbent Democrat Yvette Clark was also re-elected. Both of New York State’s incumbent U.S. Senators, Democrats Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand, also were victorious.

Two citywide referenda, one to return term limits for city offices to two instead of three and the other to make administrative reforms to city government, both appear to be passing overwhelmingly.

Two statewide races, for Attorney General and Comptroller, remain in doubt. In the AG race, with 54 percent of the precincts reporting, Democrat Eric Schneiderman appears to have a comfortable lead over Republican Dan Donovan. With 57 percent of the precincts in, the Comptroller race between incumbent Democrat Tom DiNapoli and Republican challenger Harry Wilson is very tight, with DiNapoli holding a slight lead.

Update: Millman, DiNapoli and Schneiderman are now all winners.

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  • Monty

    Full results here. What was up with putting the initiatives on the back of the ballot? My wife didn’t see them and didn’t vote. I’m guessing a lot of people didn’t.

  • Joe Nardiello

    Our local representatives have my full congratulations and support, as they know. Congratulations, absolutely to Sen. Squadron and to Assemblywoman Joan Millman, who’s been a vital part of our community across her lifetime.

    As president now of the Brownstone Republican Club after being an independent voice all my life, our elected officials know my perspective — that each office should be contested. We all benefit from a stronger, elevated ‘debate’.

    Iideas, policy, influences should be evaluated prior to Election Day. My own perspectives are to fully-focus on NY’s economy in our district — and create an economic environment that is designed to more easily support our most needy. Brooklyn has 25% living at/below the poverty level. Our Seniors face an ever tougher time for survival amid our landscape. Our middle class is hammered by higher costs, fees, taxes — and a one-party, WFP-painted system can at times, be completely blind to its universal pressures.

    At some point, more will see a new vision for an urban, NYC-centric Republican party. If you think as independently as I do, you’ll understand that idealism.

  • heightser

    Joe, Thank you for running.

    Right now, our democratic primaries have such low turnout that winning 2% of the votes in the district is tantamount to winning the election.

    We need a viable second party to stem the Vito Lopez abuses of affordable housing, to limit the rapaciousness of the probate courts, and to ensure that we get good value for our highest-in America tax burden.

    We need a strong, fiscally sane, socially moderate group of people to organize and influence future elections. Otherwise we’ll get the same corruption in the Democratic party that we’ve had for many years.