This Week in Government Affairs
November 5, 2014
- Governor: Andrew Cuomo (D) is re-elected as governor, 53 to 39%. Both the Working Family and Conservative parties received more than 50,000 gubernatorial votes, keeping their ballot line, as did Howie Hawkins on the Green Party line (167,414). As of this morning, neither the Cuomo-backed Women's Equality Party nor the Astorino-backed Stop Common Core party hit this threshold, but the WEP is close, with 49,251, and will likely pick up the additional 749 votes. The Stop Common Core line currently has 46,110 votes. Note that Astorino won 45 of 62 counties.
- Attorney General: Eric Schneiderman (D) won re-election, 53 to 39% over challenger John Cahill (R).
- Comptroller: Thomas DiNapoli (D) also won re-election, 57 to 34% over challenger Robert Antonacci (R).
- Propositions: All three ballot propositions (enacting constitutional amendments) passed. Proposition 1, establishing a new commission-led redistricting process passed, 43 to 32%; Proposition 2, allowing bills to be electronically distributed to legislators for floor votes passed, 59 to 17%; and Proposition 3, authorizing the state to issue $2 billion in bonds to invest in education related technology, passed 49 to 30%. All three had at least 20% blank ballots.
The Republicans will have a true majority in 2015, winning 32 seats. All incumbent Republican Senators won re-election; they also defended four open seats currently held by Republicans; and defeated three first-term Senate Democrats. Senate Democrats retained two other open seats they previously held. No other incumbents lost. Key outcomes include the following:
- 3rd SD: Thomas Croci (R) defeats Adrienne Esposito (D) 56 to 40%, in the seat previously held by Lee Zeldin (R).
- 8th SD: Michael Venditto (R) defeats David Denenberg (D) 57 to 38%, in the seat previously held by Chuck Fuschillo (R).
- 14th SD: Leroy Comrie (D) ran unopposed for the seat previously held by Malcolm Smith (D).
- 20th SD: Jesse Hamilton (D) defeats Menachem Raitport 85 to 4% for the seat previously held by Eric Adams (D).
- 40th SD: Terrence Murphy (R) defeats Justin Wagner 53 to 43%, for the seat currently held by Greg Ball (R).
- 41st SD: Susan Serino (R) defeats incumbent Terry Gipson (D) 51 to 46%
- 46th SD: George Amedore (R) defeats incumbent Cecilia Tkaczyk (D) 55 to 43%.
- 55th SD: Rich Funke (R) defeats incumbent Ted O'Brien (D) 58 to 41%.
- 60th SD: Marc Panepinto (D) wins a four way race over Kevin Stocker (R) and incumbent Mark Grisanti (R), who ran on the Independence line. The vote tally was 32%, 30% and 27% respectively. Tim Gallagher (C) received 8%.
- 62nd SD: Robert Ortt (R) defeats John Destino 64 to 29%, for the seat currently held by George Maziarz (R).
There will be seventeen new Assembly members for the 2015 legislative sessions. Candidates winning open seats are listed below. Of these contests, there are three party changes, with Republicans taking the 3rd and 143rd, and the Democrats winning the 113th. If the three "too close to call races" stay as is, it would be one additional net seat gain for the Democrats.
- 3rd AD: Dean Murray (R), defeats incumbent Edward Hennessey (D)
- 11th AD: Kimberly Jean-Pierre (D), seat being vacated by Robert Sweeney (D)
- 20th AD: Todd Kaminsky (D), seat being vacated by Harvey Weisenberg (D)
- 42nd AD: Rodneyse Bichotte (D), seat being vacated by Rhoda Jacobs (D)
- 52nd AD: JoAnne Simon (D), seat being vacated by Joan Millman (D)
- 54th AD: Erik Dilan (D), seat formerly held by Rafael Espinal (D)
- 55th AD: Latrice Walker (D), seat formerly held by William Boyland Jr. (D)
- 59th AD: Roxanne Persaud (D), seat formerly held by Alan Maisel (D)
- 60th AD: Charles Barron (D), seat formerly held by Inez Barron (D)
- 72nd AD: Guillermo Linares (D), seat formerly held by Gabriela Rosa (D)
- 76th AD: Rebecca Seawright (D), seat being vacated by Micah Kellner (D)
- 77th AD: Latoya Joyner (D), seat formerly held by Vanessa Gibson(D)
- 79th AD: Michael Blake (D), seat formerly held by Eric Stevenson (D)
- 98th AD: Karl Brabenec (R), seat formerly held by Ann Rabbitt (R)
- 113th AD: Carrie Woerner (D), seat formerly held by Tony Jordan (R)
- 134th AD: Peter Lawrence (R), seat formerly held by Bill Reilich (R)
- 143rd AD: Angela Wozniak (R), seat formerly held by Dennis Gabryszak (D)
Only one race remains open.
Two seats undecided on election day are now final, with incumbents
- 106th AD: Incumbent Didi Barrett (D) in the 106th AD and Addie Russell (D) in the 116th AD winning re-election.
Prior to election day, the Assembly breakout was 97 democrats, 41 republicans, 1 independent and 11 vacancies. If the current vote counts hold, the 2015 session will start with 107 democrats, 42 republicans, 1 independent, for a net change of one seat.