Republican Elise Stefanik has soundly won election to the US House of Representatives. At just 30 years old, she will be the youngest women ever elected to the House, breaking a record set by 31-year-old Elizabeth Holtzman (D – Brooklyn) in 1973.
With 578 of 589 districts reporting it appears that Stefanik’s Democratic challenger Aaron Woolf drew just 32 percent, and the Green Party’s Matt Funiciello, the only candidate who has been truly living in the district, garnered 11 percent. Stefanik’s opponents combined did not poll enough to top her 53 percent which should diminish the effectiveness of Democratic cries of “spoiler”.
This election marks a major step forward for the Green Party locally. Their candidate secured three important newspaper endorsements: from the Glens Falls Post Star and the widely read Chronicle, and the Adirondack Daily Enterprise in Saranac Lake. In Warren County Funiciello picked up 23.5% of the vote and came close to beating Woolf – falling just 201 votes short of that mark, though Stefanik still won a majority of the votes in Warren County (Stefanik 8,822; Woolf 4,445; and Funiciello 4,245). District-wide, even with all of Funiciello’s votes Woolf still would have been soundly defeated however..
Aaron Woolf did win Clinton County with 47% to Stefanik’s 42% (Funiciello polled 10%), and Essex County with 43% to Stefanik’s 41% (Funiciello received 12% there, his best showing outside Warren County). But Woolf was badly beaten elsewhere, including in Saint Lawrence County where he lost 50% to 37%, (Funiciello won 10%), and in Hamilton County Stefanik got 67% of the vote to Woolf’s 23% and Funiciello’s 6%. The final results in Franklin County have not come in, and the race is tighter, but Stefanik is ahead with a comfortable margin there too. Woolf was soundly defeated in the district’s other counties – in Saratoga, Herkimer, Fulton, Jefferson, and Lewis counties by 2 to 1.
Statewide, Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo handily defeated his Republican challenger Rob Astorino in a race that was called by the Associated Press and CNN as soon as the polls closed. However, Cuomo was beaten badly in the North County. The Governor lost 48% to 45% in Saint Lawrence County, appears to have lost in Saratoga County (there are still some precincts that have not reported there). In Warren County he lost 55% to 34%, and he was trounced in Hamilton (67% to 24%), Herkimer (57% to 34%), and Washington (57% to 31%) counties. Cuomo also lost Lewis, Jefferson, and Oneida counties, though by narrower margins.
The only bright spots for the Cuomo campaign in the North Country were Essex County, where he won 49% to 39%, and in Clinton County where he pulled 52% to Astorino’s 38%; he also won Franklin County 46% to 44%. Essex and Clinton were the only counties Woolf carried.
There was good news for the Green Party statewide, as their candidate for governor Howie Hawkins has drawn more than 160,000 votes, somewhere around 5% – that’s better than all other third parties and will put the Greens in the third spot on the ballot in the next election. It appears Hawkins was given a boost in Warren, Washington and Saratoga counties by Matt Funiciello’s campaign and drew 8% there. Hawkins did best in Tompkins County where he gained 14% of the vote.
Democrats made a clean sweep in the other statewide races with Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli and Attorney General Eric Schneiderman returning to office after winning with comfortable leads. All three statewide propositions passed easily.
The local GOP is already celebrating what looks to be a big win in the 116th Assembly District where Republican John Byrne appears to have upset Democrat Addie Russell, by 117 votes. If that win holds – there are thousands of absentee ballots left to be counted – the entire North Country will be represented by Republicans in both houses of the state legislature. In the 115th Assembly District incumbent Janet Duprey beat back her Conservative challenger Karen Bisso and in the 114th Assembly District Republican Dan Stec faced no opponent, neither did Republican incumbents Ken Blankenbush in the 117th and Marc Butler in the 118th.
None of the dominate North Country Senate Districts (45th, 47th, and 48th) were contested and with no opponents Republicans Betty Little, Joe Griffo, and Patty Ritchie have all been reelected. Only in the 49th Senate District, which extends into Hamilton County, was there a challenge. In that election incumbent Hugh Farley (R-Schenectady) handily defeated Democratic and Working Families Party opponent Madelyn Thorne.
What follows are the results of contested local elections in the Adirondacks:
Essex County (Full Results Here)
In the Town of Jay’s Highway Superintendent race Republican Robbie Lincoln handily defeated his challengers Kevin Zaumetzer and Glenn Williams.
In the Town of Lewis Tyler Glanda easily defeated Penny Pooler Daniels for Town Justice.
In the Town Council race in Westport Democrat Nancy Page appears to have very narrowly defeated Republican Timothy Sherman by just three votes, 250-247 (there were two write-ins) – absentee votes could still change the results in that race.
In Willsboro, in the Town Justice race, Jessie Morgan has narrowly defeated Reginald Bedell and both town propositions were defeated.
Clinton County (Full Results Here)
In the Town of AuSable Democrat Timothy Kennedy handily beat Republican Jimmy Provost 69% to 31%. In the Town Justice race Democrat Jeff Kelley defeated James Gallagher by the same margin.
On the Town of Dannemora Democrat James Barber squeaked by Republican Martha Sweeney by just nine votes, 273 to 264.
In the Peru Town Justice race Republican Lawrence Cabana handily defeated Democrat Karen Glushko by 66% to 34%.
Franklin County (Full Results Here)
In the Harrietstown Supervisor race Michael Kilroy has beaten Democrat Jeffrey Branch 819 to 521.
In the Tupper Lake Town Council race Republican Richard Skiff beat Democrat Randall Rolley 875 to 459.
The Brighton proposition question was easily passed.
Fulton County (Full Results Here)
The two Caroga propositions to extend the Supervisor’s and Highway Superintendent’s terms from 2 to 4 years where both soundly defeated 2 to 1.
Herkimer County (Full Results Here)
In the race for Town of Webb Justice Republican Patrick J. Venetz handily beat Anthony H. Tormey and James F. Miller.
Lewis County (Full Results Here)
There were no contested races countywide or in the Adirondack Park.
Oneida County (Full Results Here)
Republican Julia M. Brouillette was elected family court judge over Democrat Dawn C. Lupi by 48% to 37%. Independence Party candidate Karen Stanislaus picked up 15% of the vote.
Saratoga County (Full Results Here)
There were no contested races countywide or in the Adirondack Park.
St. Lawrence County (Full Results Here)
Republican have swept 10 of the 15 seats in the county legislature and will take control there. The winners include Donald J. Hooper, David W. Forsythe, Joseph Lightfoot, Joel J. LaPierre, Travis E. Dann, Larry D. Denesha, Kevin D. Acres, Joe Timmerman, Chad Colbert, and John Burke for the Republicans and for the Democrats Rick Perkins, Stephen M. Putman, Tony Arquiett, Gregory M. Paquin, and Jonathan S. Putney.
In the County Coroner’s race Joseph White and James Sienkiewycz have defeated W. Joseph Lacks.
In the Town of Parishville Supervisor’s race republican Rodney G. Votra defeated Democrat Cassie Hayes 56% to 44%. In the Parishville Town Council election Democrat Melvin Sweeney defeated Republican Brian Gary 56% to 44%.
Washington County (Full Results Here)
In the County Judge race Republican Adam D. Michelini handily defeated Democrat Timothy M. Bulger and Green Party candidate James P. Curran.
Warren County (Full Results Here)
The Town of Johnsburg Proposition related to funding the local ambulance service passed 374 to 226.
Note: This report covers only contested races in Adirondack communities. Percentages may not add up to 100% owing to rounded fractions, third parties, and void and write in ballots.