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Cuomo, Schneiderman, DiNapoli Re-Elected, Local Races Tightly Contested

Gov. Andrew Cuomo topped Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino and will serve a second four-year term.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo topped Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino and will serve a second four-year term. Photo Credit: File

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WESTCHESTER COUNTY, N.Y. – With 75 percent of districts reporting on Election Night, incumbent Democrats look poised to maintain their stranglehold on the top political positions in the state, bucking the national trend that gave Republicans control of both the House and Senate Tuesday.

Despite his finest efforts, Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino fell short in his gubernatorial run, conceding to Cuomo not long after polls closed statewide.

According to unofficial Board of Election results, with 99.5 reporting, Cuomo garnered 54 percent of the vote to Astorino 's 41 percent -- a margin closer than nearly all polls had shown leading into the vote.

With 75 percent of districts reporting results, things look good for Democrat Eric Schneiderman, who controls nearly 60 percent of the vote for Attorney General over Yonkers' John Cahill.

There is also a positive outlook for incumbent Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli, who is ahead of former Attorney General Robert Antonacci 50,242-32,920.

Late pushes from Westchester officials in Mount Vernon helped rally voters to approve Cuomo’s $2 billion Smart School Bond Act, which will supply Westchester schools with nearly $62 million, including $24 million for the Yonkers School District and just less than $8 million going to Mount Vernon schools.

An amendment permitting electronic distribution of state legislative bills is poised to pass, while a proposal to re-district state legislative and congressional districts also appears likely to pass, with 60 percent of voter approval.

In Westchester, incumbent Sen. George Latimer is in a dogfight with Republican Joe Dillon in District 37, with slightly less than 3,000 more votes than the upstart challenger.

It's another tight race in District 40, which will have a new Senator, with either Democrat Justin Wagner or Republican Terrence Murphy set to succeed Greg Ball, who did not run for re-election. With 75 percent of votes in, Murphy held a slim, two-percent lead over Wagner, with less than 1,500 votes separating them.

Less than 50 votes are separating incumbent Assemblyman Thomas Abinanti and challenger Mike Duffy in District 92, and with 100 percent of districts reporting, it appears the pair is heading toward a recount.

Meanwhile, in District 93, incumbent Steve Katz topped Democratic challenger Andrew Falk, with a final tally of 3,973-3,397.

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