Incumbents Dominate Election Results

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Well, the votes are in and so are incumbents. Tuesday’s election day ended with many local elected officials holding on to their seats. Here’s a breakdown of the results, with the latest numbers from the New York State Board of Elections.

The vote for District 15 State Senate and the 23rd Assembly District made for some tough choices as Senator Joe Addabbo and Assemblywoman Stacey Pheffer Amato both had challengers that put up a good fight. However, the incumbents remain on top.

Senator Joe Addabbo, who has had the position since 2009, was up against Breezy Point resident Tom Sullivan, a financial sector specialist and a U.S. Army Reserve colonel. However Queens decided they like what Addabbo has done, and chose to keep him around as he won about 61 percent of the vote, with Sullivan earning nearly 35 percent.

The Rockaway Times reached out to Senator Addabbo following his win, who said, "I am thankful the people of my district sent me back to work for them. I truly appreciate the support the district has shown in re-electing me to represent them in Albany and in their communities for another two years. It is my honor to be able to continue to build on the success my staff and I have had since I was elected to the Senate in 2008, by working on flood mitigation projects and protecting the peninsula from future storms. I look forward to being a part of furthering Rockaway's post-Sandy renaissance."

In the 23rd District Assembly race, Republican Matthew Pecorino, the budget director for Councilman Eric Ulrich, challenged Assemblywoman Stacey Pheffer Amato, but Queens showed they like the work Pheffer Amato has done in the past two years, and decided to crown her winner with about 64 percent of the vote. Pecorino put up a good race, earning about 30 percent of the vote.

The Rockaway Times followed up with Pheffer Amato, who said, "I am so honored and THRILLED to have been re-elected to the NYS Assembly representing all the hardworking families of the 23rd Assembly District! Thank you so much for the overwhelming support. To all the volunteers who helped make this happen and to the voters who made their voices heard—I am so grateful.” She added, “I pride myself on being an outspoken advocate for our children, seniors, and veterans of this community and will continue to fight every single day to ensure our government is more responsive, and provides the highest quality of service for our neighborhoods.”

For the local congressional race, Congressman Gregory Meeks keeps his position as he ran unopposed. However, despite no opponent, Meeks only obtained 86 percent of the vote, as 13 percent chose to leave their ballot blank in this section. The 10th District State Senate race also wasn’t much of a competition as Senator James Sanders ran unopposed. He received nearly 91 percent of the vote, with others leaving their ballots blank or voting for write-in candidates. The District 31 Assembly ballot left for little choice as well with Assemblywoman Michele Titus running unopposed. She received about 90 percent of the vote, with some leaving their ballots blank or selecting a write-in.

In the big races, by now, most will know that the Democrats have reclaimed the House, yet Republicans maintain their hold on the Senate. In New York, most will know that Governor Andrew Cuomo held on, earning nearly 58 percent of the vote, with Republican challenger Marc Molinaro earning about 36 percent of the vote. In the race for State Comptroller, Thomas DiNapoli held on to his position with 64 percent of the vote. Senator Kristen Gillibrand also held on to her U.S. Senate seat with 64 percent of the vote to challenger Chele Farley’s 32 percent. For Attorney General, Public Advocate Letitia James won with nearly 60 percent of the vote. She will be the first black female to become NYS Attorney General.

In the race for Justice of the Supreme Court 11th Judicial District, voters had a choice of five out of seven. The five Democrat choices came on top: Laurence Love, Ushir Pandit-Durant, Valerie Brathwaite Nelson, Robert Caloras and Maureen Healy.

When it came to the three proposals on the ballot, New York said yes to all three. For Proposal 1 on Campaign Finance, 80 percent of New Yorkers voted Yes. For Proposal 2 on the Civic Engagement Commission, 65 percent voted Yes. With Proposal 3, on establishing term limits for Community Board members, 72 percent said Yes.

Congratulations to all of the winners and everyone who ran a tough campaign.

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