New York officials respond to Biden-Harris victory
Nov 08, 2020 6:00 am
Emilie Munson and Claire Bryan are reporting for the Times Union after days of waiting, former Vice President Joseph R. Biden clinched the American presidency, Sat., Nov. 7. Biden slowly cruised to victory, winning more votes than any previous presidential candidates and crossing the determinative threshold of 270 electoral votes when he won his birth state of Pennsylvania early Saturday. The victory of Biden and vice presidential candidate Sen. Kamala Harris shatters a glass ceiling for women and minorities across the country. Harris is the country's first female vice president, first black vice president and first person of Indian descent to take the office. In response to the news, Republican Rensselaer County Executive Steve McLaughlin said, "The economy today is healthy, gas prices are low, jobs are being created and our country is seeing some measure of peace and stability in the world. We are counting on the next president to continue and expand on those good results and to bridge the gaps that now exist in a divided nation.” Republican U.S. Rep. Tom Reed of Corning was the first Republican member of the state's congressional delegation to speak out about the election call. He said the country must continue to transparently count and certify the results of the election. "However, out of respect and in deference to the moment, I extend my congratulations to President-elect Biden," he said. "We are ready to come together, work as one and help all Americans through the difficult times ahead." Republican U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik declined to comment, despite a press inquiry. Republicans in the state Legislature have remained quiet and Nick Langworthy, chairman of the state GOP, did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Democrats from Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan, Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, and others celebrated and savored the victory. Democrat U.S. Rep. Antonio Delgado urged unity after a bitter campaign and a polarizing presidency divided the nation. "Now is the time to come together and unite around our shared values and common purpose," he said. "The journey to perfect our union remains paramount." Read the full story in the Times Union.