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Hayworth Wins, Cohen/Oppenheimer Too Close to Call,Ball Claims Victory
Political newcomer Dr. Nan Hayworth scored an upset victory over incumbent Democratic Congressman John Hall in the 19th Congressional District race Tuesday night. Hayworth defeated Hall 53-47%. During her victory speech in Fishkill, Hayworth promised to hit the ground running, saying "The Federal government that has been weighing on us like a stone is gonna be lifted. We are gonna shrink it and get it tamed and under control."
During his concession speech, Congressman Hall vowed to help Hayworth make a smooth transition, saying, "After the dust has settled and we've gotten some rest, my staff and I would be happy to hand off to her and her staff any ongoing casework or projects that we had in the works, something that was not offered to me by my predecessor, but should be to all incoming representatives in the interest of the people."
The 37th State Senate District race between longtime incumbent Suzi Oppenheimer and Bob Cohen is too close to call. At last look with 80% of the precincts reporting, the two were tied at 50%, with Oppenheimer leading by a slim 180 point margin. Cohen addressed his supporters late Monday evening, "We are very hopeful that we are going to finish this out sometime tonight or maybe in the next couple of days, but whatever," adding, "I've waited eight months,I could wait another couple or three days."
Oppenheimer, meantime, refused to concede citing voting irregularities in her district, particularly in Mamaroneck, where she herself cast votes. Said Oppenheimer, "about 40% of the district had some kind of problem with the machinery.I personally managed to break a machine. So, we are told there's gonna be a lot of counting going on."
In the hotly contested 40th State Senate Race, Republican Greg Ball declared victory over his opponent Michael Kaplowitz. Unofficial results show that with 90% of the votes counted, Ball leads Kaplowitz 52-48%. During his acceptance speech, Ball vowed to hit the ground running. "When I ran for the Assembly I went there to fight and I will continue to fight in the State Senate to work as an independent leader and to get the State back on track."
In another race that's too close to call, Assemblyman Robert Castelli and his Democratic challenger, White Plains Common Council President Thomas Roach were neck in neck with 50% of the vote. Castelli had a slim 318 point lead with 82% of votes counted.
In other Westchester races, incumbent Congresswoman Nita Lowey and Congressman Eliot Engel cruised to an easy re-election victory. State Senator Jeff Klein defeated his challenger as did incumbent Democratic State Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins who defeated challenger Liam Mclaughlin 55-45% in unofficial results.
State senator Ruth Thompson of Mount Vernon was re-elected as were Amy Paulin, Gary Pretlow, Sandy Galef and George Latimer.
Westchester County Legislator Tom Abinanti defeated Thomas Bock for the 92nd District Assembly seat. Incumbent State Assemblyman Mike Spano defeated challenger Mike Ramondelli for another term of office.
And, Republican tea-party candidate Dr. Steve Katz of Yorktown defeated Brendan Tully in the 99th Assembly District race, the seat that's soon to be vacated by Assemblyman Greg Ball.
In the village of Ossining Mayoral race, Democrat William Hanauer defeated Frederick Steneck, and Norhtern Wilcher is the apparent winner in the Village Council race.
In the city of New Rochelle, with 76% of precincts reporting Susan Kettner was leading Cynthia Lobo in the New Rochelle City Judge Race. And, with 80% of the vote in, Jared Rice was leading republican Richard Parente 73-27%.
With 60% of the votes in, Thomas Daly is leading Robert Cerrato in the Yonkers City Judge contest.
In the Westchester County Judge race, Barry Warhit was leading Doublas Martino 56-44% with 72 percent of the votes counted.
And, in the Supreme Court District 9 Northern Suburbs race, the top four candidates receiving votes with 84% of the districts reporting were Lawrence Ecker,Colleen Duffy,Matthew Byrne and Jim Maisano.
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