Here are the results for most of the major local and state elections. Democrats doing well, except for several Congressional elections where Republicans flipped two Hudson Valley districts. And voters in Catskill overturned the town board, and voted to allow cannabis lounges. Here are the results:
NEW YORK GOVERNOR
Democrat Kathy Hochul, the incumbent, beat Republican Lee Zeldin to become New York's first elected female governor. Many news organizations called the election for Hochul, who gave a victory speech, where she said, DOWNLOAD OR PLAY HOCHUL EXCERPT. But Zeldin, who voted against certifying the 2020 presidential election results, would not concede, saying, “We have been crushing the Election Day vote across the entire state," and that, “it’s going to be a little frustrating for members of the media” to not call the race just yet. Zeldin also said: DOWNLOAD OR PLAY ZELDIN EXCERPT.
Democrat Maura Healey was declared the winner early in the evening by the Associated Press over Republican Geoff Diehl. Healey becomes the first female governor in Massachusetts history, and the nation's first openly lesbian governor.
NEW YORK ATTORNEY GENERAL
Democrat Letitia James, the incumbent, defeated Republican Michael Henry by roughly 54 percent to 46 percent.
NEW YORK COMPTROLLER
Democrat Thomas DiNapoli, the incumbent, defeated Republican Paul Rodriguez, by a margin close to 57 percent to 43 percent.
Democrat Chuck Schumer was declared winner early in the evening by the Associated Press over Republican Joe Pinion by about 56 percent to 43 percent. Schumer was Majority Leader in the U.S. Senate, and the early results indicated he may keep that post.
Democrat Pat Ryan led Republican Colin Schmitt by about 2,000 votes with 90 percent of precincts reporting, and absentee ballots still outstanding in an exceptionally close race that may decide control of the House of Representatives. Update: Lana Bellamy is reporting for the Times Union Ryan addressed his supporters in Kingston around 2 a.m., Wednesday, announcing Schmitt had called to concede the race. With all election districts reporting by 1:30 a.m., Ryan had 131,301 votes to Schmitt's 129,128, a margin of 49.4 percent to 48.6 percent.
Republican Marc Molinaro led Democrat Josh Riley by about 6,000 votes with 95 percent of the vote reported. Molinaro appeared to have an insurmountable lead. Riley refused to concede, saying, DOWNLOAD OR PLAY RILEY EXCERPT.
Democrat Paul Tonko, the incumbent, defeated Republican Liz Joy. by about 55 to 45 percent.
Republican Elise Stefanik, the incumbent, defeated Democrat Matt Castelli with 58 percent of the vote, to 42 percent for Castelli. Stefanik, who voted against certifying the 2020 presidential election results, spoke after announcing her victory. DOWNLOAD OR PLAY STEFANIK EXCERPT. Castelli also spoke after conceding defeat. DOWNLOAD OR PLAY CASTELLI EXCERPT.
Democrat Michelle Hinchey, with 72,149 votes, defeated Republican Sue Serino, with 65,599. Both were incumbents, but forced to face each other because of redistricting.
Republican Jake Ashby leads Democrat Andrea Smyth with 60,837 votes of 51.32 percent to 53,967 votes for Smyth, at 45.52 percent.
Democrat Didi Barrett, the incumbent, got 29,766 votes, or 54 percent to Republican Brandon Gaylord's 25,298 votes, about 46 percent.
Republican incumbent Chris Tague leads Democrat Nicholas Chase 33,661 to 18,701.
Ballot Propositions STATEWIDE ENVIRONMENTAL BOND ACT
Passed by a wide margin.
CATSKILL CANNABIS PERMISSIVE REFERENDUM
YES 1,644 39.28 percent
NO 2,541 60.72 percent
No wins, with a citizen initiative overturning the Town of Catskill board's decision against cannabis lounges. The lounges will now be allowed because of this vote.
NEW LEBANON PROPOSAL TO MAKE THE TOWN SUPERINTENDENT OF HIGHWAYS AN APPOINTED OFFICE
The measure was defeated on a vote of 595 to 449.
PROPOSAL TO AMEND THE BOUNDARIES OF THE WARDS OF THE CITY OF HUDSON
The measure to revise the borders of the existing five wards of the city was passed 1,328 to 383.
PROPOSALS TO INCREASE LIBRARY FUNDING
Measures to increase funding for the Hudson, Claverack, Kinderhook, Chatham and Germantown libraries all passed by wide margins at each location.
NOTE: All results are unofficial until certified by the county boards of elections.