Nov 02, 2010 Ami Olson Uncategorized
The following election results are unofficial unless and until otherwise noted:
US Congress 25th District
Onondaga County voters have chosen to keep incumbent Democrat Congressman Dan Maffei in the 25th district US congressional seat, though complete results from the entire district are not yet available.
“There’s no question that this is bittersweet,” Maffei said Tuesday night. “Clearly, this race is closer than we wanted it to be. And clearly, it’s been a difficult night in the country. But, I’m absolutely confident that when all the votes are counted, I will be your next Congressman.”
At midday Wednesday, Maffei had a lead over Republican opponent Ann Marie Buerkle 89,744 to 84,165 based on unofficial results in Cayuga, Monroe and Onondaga counties.
The 25th district includes all of Onondaga and Wayne counties and parts of Cayuga and Monroe counties. Complete results from Cayuga and Wayne counties will be updated as they become available.
Buerkle did not speak Tuesday night at the Onondaga County Republican rally, but Onondaga County Republican Committe Chair Tom Dadey maintained hope for the challenger.
NY State Senate 49th District
In Onondaga County, voters chose Democrat David Valesky to keep his 49th state senate seat, over challenger Andrew Russo (R), 26,303 to 19,445.
The 49th senate district includes all of Madison County and parts of Cayuga, Oneida and Onondaga counties, including part of the city of Syracuse.
Results from Madison County show Russo taking the lead over Valesky, with 10,187 to 9,224 votes.
Results from the rest of the district are not available at this time, but Onondaga County Republican Committee Chair Tom Dadey said around midnight tonight that it didn’t look like Russo would be able to pull a victory in the race.
NY State Senate 49th District
Nine-term incumbent State Senator John DeFrancisco (R) will serve a 10th term, voters decided tonight.
DeFrancisco defeated challenger Kathleen Joy (D) for the 50th state senate district, which includes most of Onondaga County and part of the city of Syracuse, 56,253 to 30,596.
In his victory speech Tuesday night, DeFrancisco spent little time congratulating himself and reminded the crowd of Republican supporters that it wasn’t “quite celebrating yet.”
“As I’ve told everybody throughout this campaign, the crucial issue is whether we can take back the senate in Republican hands,” DeFrancisco said. “It’s extremely important to get some upstate balance.”
Joy, a real estate attorney who has served on the Syracuse Common Council since 2005, said she was proud of the campaign she had run.
“They haven’t had a real choice in 10 years so that was part of the plan and I’m very pleased with the campaign that we ran, with the resources that we had and I’m going out of this room with my head held high,” Joy said Tuesday night. “We did a great job.”
NY State Assembly 119th District
Democrat Sam Roberts will fill retiring Assembly member Joan Christensen’s seat in the 119th district.
Roberts defeated three opponents tonight; here’s the breakdown:
Sam Roberts, (D,WF) – 18,626
John Sharon, (R,I) – 11,010
Christina Fitch, (C) – 3,454
Michael Donnelly, (Green) – 1,160
NY State Assembly 120th District
Democrat William Magnarelli will serve his fifth term as State Assembly member for the 120th district, defeating opponent Rick Guy (R,C,I) tonight 17,938 to 10,520.
Magnarelli also ran on the Working Families party line.
NY State Assembly 121st District
In an extremely tight race, Republican Donald Miller unseated incumbent Assembly member Al Stirpe (D,WF) tonight, 21,853 to 21,013.
Miller also ran on Conservative and Independence party lines.
Assembly members William Barclay (124th-R,C,I) and Brian Kolb (129th-R,C,I), ran uncontested for re-election.
Onondaga County Sheriff
Sheriff Kevin Walsh (R) was re-elected to another four-year term tonight, defeating three opponents. Here’s the breakdown:
Kevin Walsh (R,C,I) – 83,654
Joe Price (D) – 33,678
Tobias Shelley (WF) – 12,650
Edward Bragg (Taxpayers) – 2,294
Walsh credited the 650 men and women of the Onondaga County Sheriff’s Department with the win, and said the department was already looking toward the future and how to address the challenges the department faces.
“Air One, of course, is the one that seems to be on everyone’s mind right now,” Walsh said. “We’re putting together programs that will take care of the future funding of that program, so that we don’t run into the constant attacks we’ve had in past years as they [the County Legislature] threaten to find ways to cut money from the budget.”
Uncontested county races
The following Onondaga County elections were uncontested:
County Court Judge: William Walsh, (received 99.654% of votes cast)
City Court Judge: Ted Limpert and Kate Rosenthal were elected to fill two open positions
Family Court Judge: Martha Walsh Hood and Michael Hanusczak were elected to fill two open positions