Election 2010: Locally, Republicans win big
TRI-COUNTY AREA—Across the country, many Republicans won their elections last week, even though the top state positions in New York went Democratic.
According to the unofficial election results, New York’s governorship and two senate seats were firmly held by Democrats. Statewide, those were the few Democratic winners in a wave of Republican triumphs.
However, in Steuben County Republican candidates Carl Paladino and Gregory Edwards won the majority of the vote for governor: 12,998 to 12,214. In Yates and Schuyler, Andrew Cuomo and Robert Duffy won the governor and lieutenant governor’s race, but it was still close.
In Yates, Cuomo and Duffy had 3,275 votes compared to 2,966. In Schuyler, the two won with just .6 percent more of the vote. According to the Schuyler County Board of Elections, the two had 2,706 votes of the total votes cast Nov. 2. Paladino and Edwards had 2,659 votes.
Joe Fazzary, Schuyler County Board of Elections Republican commissioner, explained the board won’t know the official results until Nov. 29. He said that absentee ballots were still arriving in the mail for the Nov. 9 deadline and military ballots have until Nov. 29. He added that the absentee ballots cannot even be opened until all have arrived.
“It’s always been a tough county for Democrats,” said Robert Bretchko, Democratic commissioner for the Yates County Board of Elections.
Bretchko said there are about 630 absentee ballots yet to count. Which means in any race where one candidate has the lead by about 600 votes could still lose in Yates County. For Schuyler County, there are 459 absentee ballots left to count.
Republican Commissioner for Yates Amy Daines said you can’t assume the absentee votes will play out like the already counted votes will. She said she has seen where the absentee ballots supported the losing candidate and ended up switching the results locally.
Another close race is for U.S. State Senator (two year term). Kirsten Gillibrand got 45 more votes in Yates and 355 more in Schuyler, than Joseph DioGuardi. He was the only other main candidate for that seat.
“The Tea Party had some influence (in the election), but it’s difficult to measure,” added Fazzary.
Bretchko said comparing the 2006 midterm election, voter turnout in Yates was almost exactly the same. He said this about 53 percent of registered voters went to to the polls, as opposed to 52 percent in 2006.
Bretchko added in 2008, close to 80 percent participated in the presidential election. However, he explained even that was a high turnout rate. Daines said the absentee ballots were closer in number to a presidential election then a midterm election.
Bretchko said there are 13,208 total registered active voters. Bretchko said that broke down to 3,438 registered as Democrats, 6,653 as Republicans, 2,165 without a party, 578 as Independence party, and 273 as Conservative.
There were also area elections on the ballot. In Yates, Calvin A. Crosby was voted as Barrington town board member (227 votes), Margaret Randolph won Middlesex town justice (417 votes), and John H. Martini took a Torrey town board seat (264 votes). All three were unopposed.
In Wayne, Lois Wood (383 votes) was also unopposed for a town board seat.
In Schuyler County, there were five candidates who ran for three legislative seats. The winners were Philip C. Barnes (1,236 votes), Michael A. Yuhasz (1,120 votes), and Thomas M. Gifford (858 votes).
Angeline J. Franzese had 757 votes and Karen R. Radenberg had 475 votes.
Daniel J. Fitzsimmons took the town of Hector justice position with 965 votes. Donald C. Beckley was also on the ballot and got 699 votes. Lori A. Ellison won a town of Orange board seat (292 votes), Jagmohan Singh took Schuyler County coroner (2,283 votes), and Thomas J. Beach won Cayuta highway superintendent (127 votes). All three were unopposed.
The other races on the ballot were:
Comptroller - Harry Wilson
Attorney General - Dan Donovan
U.S. Senator 6-year full term - Charles E. Schumer
State Supreme Court Seventh District - Henry J. Scudder
U.S. Congress 29th District full term (starting Jan. 1, 2011) - Thomas W. Reed II
U.S. Congress 29th District unexpired term (starting now and ending Dec. 31, 2010) - Thomas W. Reed II
State Senator 53rd District - Thomas F. O’Mara
Member of Assembly 136th District - Phillip A. Palmesano
Member of Assembly 137th District - Christopher S. Friend