2010 New York state elections
|Elections in New York State|
The 2010 New York state elections took place on November 2, 2010. These included elections for both Senate seats and a gubernatorial election.
Due to the special election for US Senate, all of New York's six statewide offices were up for popular election on the same date. At the same time, all 29 members from New York of the U.S. House of Representatives, all 212 members of the New York State legislature, and many other local officers were elected.
The Democratic Party swept all of the statewide races, but Republicans made net gains of six seats in the House of Representatives, nine seats in the state Assembly (breaking the veto-proof Democratic supermajority in that chamber) and two seats in the New York State Senate, the last of which delivered the Senate chamber back to the Republican Party.
United States Senate
Democratic Senator Hillary Clinton resigned to become United States Secretary of State in the Obama Administration. Kirsten Gillibrand had been appointed to the seat by Governor David Paterson in 2009, and won the general election on November 2, 2010, to hold the seat for the remainder of its term, against Republican Joseph J. DioGuardi.
United States House
29th district seat was vacated by Eric Massa, who resigned March 8. Under the authority of Article I in the U.S. constitution and provisions in New York state law, Governor David Paterson was supposed to call a special election in spring 2010 to fill the seat, but waited until September to call the election concurrent with the general election. The seat remained vacant from March 8, 2010 until new Congressman Tom Reed was sworn in, in November 2010. Two concurrent elections were held, one to fill the remainder of Massa's term (November to January) and one to fill the seat in the subsequent Congress. Both elections had the same candidates on the ballot, Democrat Matthew Zeller and Republican Tom Reed. Reed prevailed in both elections.
All of the New York congressional districts that were expected to be competitive were in Democratic hands; Republicans were expected to mount serious challenges to Democratic incumbents in districts 1, 13, 19, 20, 23, 24, 25 and 29. Republican candidates won their races in Congressional Districts 13, 19, 20, 24, 25, and 29. Republican candidates prevailed in a total of eight congressional races in New York, while Democratic candidates prevailed in the other 21; thus, the GOP gained a total of six House seats in New York.
Eliot Spitzer, a Democrat, resigned due to a prostitution scandal. David Paterson, the Lieutenant Governor of New York, succeeded Spitzer. Neither Paterson nor his appointed Lieutenant Governor, Richard Ravitch, sought election to a full term in 2010.
The following tickets were filed with the New York State Board of Elections:
- Democratic Party: Andrew Cuomo/Bob Duffy (won the general election on November 2, 2010)
- Republican Party: Carl Paladino/Greg Edwards
- Independence Party: Cuomo/Duffy
- Conservative Party: Paladino/Edwards
- Working Families Party: Cuomo/Duffy
- Taxpayers Party: Paladino/Edwards
- Libertarian Party: Warren Redlich/Alden Link
- Green Party: Howie Hawkins/Gloria Mattera
- Rent is Too Damn High Party: Jimmy McMillan/no running mate
- Anti-Prohibition Party: Kristin M. Davis/Tanya Gendelman
- Freedom Party: Charles Barron/Eva Doyle
Andrew Cuomo and Bob Duffy prevailed in the election, receiving 61.4% of the vote.
In the wake of incumbent Andrew Cuomo's decision to pursue the governor's post and not seek re-election, five Democrats ran in a primary election; the winner was State Senator Eric Schneiderman, who had heavy backing from labor. Dan Donovan was the nominee of the Republican and Conservative parties. Schneiderman prevailed over Donovan in the November 2, 2010 general election by a margin of 54.9% to 43.7%.
Thomas DiNapoli was appointed to fill out the term of Alan Hevesi after Hevesi's resignation. He faced Republican Harry Wilson in the election. DiNapoli prevailed over Wilson in the November 2, 2010 general election by a margin of 49.7% to 47.2%.
All 62 seats of the New York State Senate were up for election in 2010 in accordance with state law.
Republicans, who were a 29–32 minority prior to the election, made a net gain of two seats in the election to claim a 32–30 majority headed into the January 2011 legislative session. One Republican Senate incumbent, Senator Frank Padavan of Queens, was defeated on November 2, while four Democratic incumbents (Sens. Brian Foley, Antoine Thompson, Darrel Aubertine, and Craig Johnson) were likewise defeated in the general election. Democratic candidate David Carlucci was elected to an open seat in Senate District 38 which had previously been held by the late Republican Senator Thomas Morahan. After defeating incumbent William Stachowski in a Democratic primary, Timothy M. Kennedy prevailed in the general election in Senate District 58. Control of the state senate was not confirmed until Johnson, who sought a full hand recount of his race, exhausted his final appeal on December 20, 2010.
Control of the state senate was considered of greater importance than other elections due to the prospects of redistricting in the 2010 United States Census. The current state senate boundaries are gerrymandered to protect the interests of upstate New York, which has seen continual population declines. There has been bipartisan support for a proposal to establish a nonpartisan commission to establish legislative district boundaries. The Senate Republican caucus supported the proposals, though they have avoided addressing the issue since the election; the Senate Democratic leadership does not and has expressed a desire "to draw the lines so that Republicans will be in oblivion for the next twenty years."
- 12th district: Democrat George Onorato announced he would not seek reelection. Assemblyman Michael N. Gianaris, a Democrat, ran for the seat. Gianaris won the general election on November 2, 2010.
- 31st district: Eric Schneiderman, a Democrat who represents a district on the upper-east side of Manhattan, vacated his seat to run successfully for Attorney General. Assemblyman Adriano Espaillat won the Democratic party nomination to succeed Schneiderman. Espaillat won the general election on November 2, 2010.
- 38th district: Thomas Morahan, the Republican who represented this district in Rockland County, died in July 2010 from leukemia; he had already announced his retirement before his death. Five-term Rockland County executive and former lieutenant governor candidate C. Scott Vanderhoef, a Republican, ran to replace him, against three term Clarkstown Town Clerk David Carlucci. Carlucci prevailed in the general election.
- 40th district: Incumbent Republican Vincent Leibell announced he would not seek reelection to run for Putnam County Executive. (Leibell was elected Putnam County Executive, but resigned from both posts in December 2010 amid rumors of corruption charges.) Michael Kaplowitz, Westchester County Legislator was the Democratic candidate. Republican Greg Ball, an Assemblyman, won his party's primary. Ball went on to win the general election.
- 53rd district: Republican George H. Winner, Jr. unexpectedly announced he would not seek re-election on June 2, 2010. Assemblymen Tom O'Mara and James Bacalles, both Republicans representing adjacent districts, made known their intentions to pursue the seat; O'Mara won the Republican primary and ran against Ithaca Democrat Pamela Mackesey. O'Mara won the general election.
- 59th district: Republican Dale Volker retired after 19 terms (38 years) in office. Former Erie County Sheriff Patrick Gallivan won a three-way the Republican primary, although Republican candidates Jim Domagalski and David DiPietro initially remained in the race on minor party lines (Domagalski eventually withdrew his candidacy). Cynthia Appleton, a Village of Warsaw Trustee and critical care nurse, was the nominee of the Democratic and Working Families Parties. Gallivan prevailed in the general election.
- 1st district: Incumbent Republican Kenneth LaValle, who has served 17 terms (34 years), ran unopposed in 2008. The district includes the five East End towns of Long Island, New York and the eastern half of the Town of Brookhaven, New York. LaValle faced a potentially formidable Democratic challenger in corporate fraud lawyer Regina Calcaterra, but Calcaterra dropped out after it was revealed that she had not met state residency requirements and was replaced on the ballot by Jennifer Maertz. LaValle won the general election on November 2, 2010.
- 3rd district: Incumbent Democrat Brian X. Foley was elected in 2008 to a seat held by Republican Caesar Trunzo since 1972. In 2010, Foley was opposed by former 2008 1st Congressional District Republican nominee Lee Zeldin. The district stretches across the south shore of Suffolk County from Brentwood to Mastic Beach, New York. Zeldin defeated Foley, the one-term incumbent, in the general election on November 2, 2010 by a margin of 58% to 42%.
- 6th district: Incumbent Republican Kemp Hannon has represented this district since 1989. The district includes Levittown, Massapequa, Garden City, Uniondale, Hempstead, Farmingdale, Franklin Square, Old Bethpage, Salisbury, Garden City South, Plainview, Lakeview, Plainedge, Island Trees and East Meadow. In 2008, Hannon was almost defeated by political newcomer Kristen M. McElroy. Hannon was initially opposed by Democrat Dave Mejias, but Mejias withdrew his candidacy following his arrest on charges of stalking and battery and was replaced on the ballot by Francesca Carlow. Hannon won the general election on November 2, 2010.
- 7th district: Incumbent Democrat Craig M. Johnson was elected in a special election in 2007 and subsequently elected to a full term in November 2008. The district is located in the northwest corner of Nassau County, New York. Mineola, New York mayor Jack Martins ran on the Republican line. On December 4, 2010, the election results in this closely contested race were certified; Republican challenger Jack Martins, prevailed. The margin of victory was just 451 votes, 0.5%, and there were discrepancies in two of the 7 machine counts that were audited, leading Democrats to call for a full hand recount. Democrats promised to appeal the decision. However, on December 20, 2010, the New York Court of Appeals rejected Johnson's final appeal and ruled that Martins had won the election; Johnson then conceded.
- 11th district: Incumbent Republican Frank Padavan represented this district since 1972. The district includes Queens Village, Flushing, Bayside, Whitestone, Douglaston, Little Neck, College Point, Bellerose, Hollis, Jamaica Estates, Floral Park, and Glen Oaks. In 2008 he won by only 483 votes over New York City Council member James F. Gennaro. Padavan's challenger in the 2010 election was Democrat Tony Avella. Avella defeated incumbent Padavan on November 2, 2010.
- 15th district: Incumbent Democrat Joseph Addabbo, Jr. defeated Republican Senator Serphin Maltese in 2008. He faced Republican Anthony Como, a former city councilman. Addabbo won the general election on November 2, 2010.
- 16th district: Incumbent Democrat Toby Ann Stavisky faced two primary challengers: multi-millionaire, cancer researcher and professor Dr. Isaac Sasson and attorney John A. Messer. Stavisky won the primary. She won the general election on November 2, 2010.
- 27th district: Incumbent Democrat Carl Kruger faced a primary challenge from administrative judge Igor Oberman. Kruger came under fire for his vote against same-sex marriage and for his involvement with the dissident Amigos faction within the Democratic caucus. Oberman failed to submit the necessary signatures to participate in the primary. Kruger won the general election on November 2, 2010.
- 32nd district: Incumbent Democrat Rubén Díaz, Sr. faced a potential primary challenge from Charlie Ramos; the socially conservative Diaz has come under fire for his public opposition to same-sex marriage, but nevertheless won the primary by a margin of 79% to 22%, and went on to win the general election on November 2, 2010.
- 33rd district: Incumbent Democrat Pedro Espada faced primary challenges from Desiree Pilgrim-Hunter and José Gustavo Rivera. Espada gained notoriety and earned disdain from Democrats for his brief alliance with Senate Republicans in 2009 that led to his elevation to Senate majority leader; he is currently being investigated by the Bronx County District Attorney in relation to questions regarding whether he meets residency requirements for representing the 33rd District, the IRS for alleged tax fraud, and by the State Attorney General for looting a state-funded health clinic. Espada was defeated by an almost 2-to-1 margin by Rivera in the Democratic primary on September 14, 2010, and Rivera prevailed in the November 2 general election.
- 35th district: Incumbent Democrat Andrea Stewart-Cousins has represented the Yonkers-based district since 2006. Former Yonkers City Councilman Liam McLaughlin was her Republican opponent. Stewart-Cousins won the general election on November 2, 2010.
- 37th district: Incumbent Democrat Suzi Oppenheimer sought re-election (to a 14th term) against Scarsdale real estate executive Bob Cohen, a Republican. Initial election results showed the two candidates almost neck and neck, but in early December, Cohen conceded the race to Oppenheimer.
- 46th district: Incumbent Democrat Neil Breslin sought re-election to his Albany-based district. He faced a primary from Luke Martland and Tim Carney. Republican Robert Domenici, a retired Army Lt. Colonel and member of the South Colonie School board, ran against the Democrat in the general election. Breslin won the primary. Breslin also prevailed in the November 2 general election.
- 48th district: In this Thousand Islands area district, which includes Watertown, incumbent Democrat Darrel Aubertine (a frequent target of the Republicans) faced St. Lawrence County clerk Patty Ritchie. Ritchie defeated incumbent Aubertine in the general election on November 2, 2010.
- 49th district: In the Syracuse area, incumbent Democrat David Valesky faced Republican musician Andrew Russo, who defeated East Syracuse mayor Danny Liedka in the Republican primary. Valesky won the general election on November 2, 2010.
- 58th District: Incumbent Democrat William (Bill) Stachowski, who served for nearly 30 years in the Senate, faced an unexpectedly close race in 2008 winning 53 percent to Dennis Delano's 47 percent. The district includes parts of Buffalo, all of the city of Lackawanna, and the towns of Cheektowaga, West Seneca, Hamburg and Eden. In the 2010 race, Stachowski was defeated in the Democratic primary by Timothy M. "Tim" Kennedy, the District 2 member on the Erie County Legislature. Stachowski remained on the Conservative and Independence party lines, while Assemblyman Jack Quinn III, son of former congressman Jack Quinn, ran on the Republican line. Kennedy edged out Quinn by about 1,800 votes (2 percent) to win the seat, while Stachowski managed to get 7 percent of the vote.
- 60th District: Incumbent Democrat Antoine Thompson has held this seat since 2006. Former state senator Alfred Coppola and Rory Allen, a Buffalo business owner challenged Thompson in the primary election; both lost heavily to the incumbent. Mark Grisanti was Thompson's Republican opponent in the general election on November 2, 2010. Antoine Thompson conceded the general election to Mark Grisanti on November 30, 2010.
All 150 seats in the Assembly were up for election.
Prior to the November 2 elections, the Democratic Party held an enrollment advantage of 107 seats (including two Independence Party of New York members who caucused with the Democrats) to 42 seats over the Republican Party, with one vacancy. As of December 11, 2010, the Republicans had made a net gain of eight seats, with two races still undecided; if the Republican candidate prevails in the lone remaining undecided race, the Republicans will hold 51 seats in the chamber, depriving the Democratic Party of the veto-proof supermajority it has held in the New York State Assembly for the past several years.
- 14th District: Incumbent Republican Robert Barra decided to retire, citing health issues. Lynbrook Mayor Brian Curran, a Republican, announced that he would run for the seat. Curran defeated Democrat Dermond Thomas in the general election on November 2, 2010.
- 21st District: Incumbent Republican Thomas Alfano decided to retire. Republican attorney Edward Ra defeated Patrick Nicolosi and Mimi Pierre Johnson in the general election on November 2, 2010.
- 26th District: Incumbent Democrat Ann-Margaret Carrozza, perceived as vulnerable for re-election after it was revealed to the public she had been living in a home in Glen Head, New York, as opposed to her Queens based district, did not seek re-election. Sheldon Silver aide Ed Braunstein received the Democratic nomination and faced Republican Vincent Tabone and Working Families Party candidate Beth Schiffman. Braunstein defeated Tabone and Schiffman in the general election on November 2, 2010.
- 36th district: Incumbent Michael N. Gianaris, a Democrat, announced that he would not seek re-election to the Assembly in order to run for the State Senate seat held by the retiring incumbent George Onorato. The district comprises Astoria, Long Island City, Queensbridge and Ravenswood, among other neighborhoods located in Queens. Civil rights attorney Jeremiah Frei-Pearson and Aravella Simotas were potential candidates for the Democratic party. Desert Storm veteran and firefighter Tom Dooley, and blogger Robert Hornak were potential Republican primary candidates.
- 39th district: Became open on the election of Jose Peralta to the State Senate. Francisco Moya and Bryan Pu-Folkes are vying for the Democratic nomination in the special election. Pu-Folkes withdrew and in the primary, Moya defeated former State Sen. Hiram Monserrate. Francisco Moya won the general election on November 2, 2010.
- 68th District: Incumbent Adam Clayton Powell IV, a Democrat, vacated his seat to run for Congress in a primary against Charles Rangel, which Powell lost. Powell's chief of staff Evette Zayas, a Democrat, filed to run for the seat.
- 72nd district: Incumbent Adriano Espaillat, a Democrat, vacated his seat to run for the State Senate seat held by Democrat Eric Schneiderman who ran successfully for Attorney General. Nelson Denis, Aneiry Batista, Julissa Gomez, and Manny de los Santos all filed to seek the Democratic nomination.
- 79th District: Incumbent Democrat Michael Benjamin vacated his seat in order to run for Congress. Wilbert Tee Lawton and Gwendolyn Primus both filed to run.
- 92nd district: Incumbent Democrat Richard Brodsky vacated his seat in order to run for the New York State Attorney General. The Democratic and Independence parties have chosen Westchester County Legislator Thomas Abinanti to be their candidate. The Republicans nominated volunteer firefighter and county emergency responder, Tom Bock. Abinanti defeated Bock in the general election on November 2, 2010.
- 99th district: Incumbent Greg Ball, a Republican, announced that he would not seek re-election in order to run for the 40th district State Senate seat held by retiring Vincent Leibell. (Ball was elected to the 40th district State Senate seat.) The 99th district comprises Yorktown, Somers, North Salem, Carmel, Southeast, Patterson, and Pawling. Republican Steve Katz defeated Democrat Brendan Tully and Conservative Jim Borkowski in the general election on November 2, 2010.
- 115th district: Incumbent David Townsend, a Republican, announced that he would retire at the end of his current term to seek election as sheriff of Oneida County. Former Townsend aide Claudia Tenney, Oneida County GOP chairman and county legislator George Joseph, Camden Town Supervisor Daniel Yerdon, and Oneida County Clerk Richard Allen ran. Tenney was endorsed by the Oneida County branch of the Independence Party of New York. The district is based in parts Oneida and Oswego Counties.
- 119th district: Incumbent Joan Christensen, a Democrat, announced that she would retire at the end of her current term. Her district is based in the communities surrounding Syracuse. Democrat Sam Roberts won the primary election on September 14, 2010. In the general election on November 2, 2010, Roberts defeated Republican and Independence Party of New York State candidate John Sharon, Conservative Party of New York candidate Christina Fitch, and Green Party candidate Michael Donnelly.
- 122nd district: Incumbent Dede Scozzafava, a Republican, retired from her seat. Kenneth "Ken" Blankenbush, the Jefferson County legislator who had planned to challenge Scozzafava in the primary, ran to replace her. In the September 14 Democratic primary Brian McGrath won. McGrath, like many other Democratic candidates also ran on the Independence Party of New York State ticket. Blankenbush won the Republican Party primary and like many other Republicans also ran on the Conservative Party line. In the general election on November 2, 2010, Blankenbush defeated McGrath.
- 130th district: Incumbent Joseph Errigo, a Republican, announced that he would retire at the end of the current term. Republican Sean Hanna, a former county legislator, defeated Democrat David R. Nachbar in the general election on November 2, 2010.
- 131st district: Incumbent Susan John, a Democrat, announced that she would retire at the end of her current term. Her district is based in southwestern Monroe County. County legislator Harry Bronson, Rochester School Board President Malik Evans, and school board member Willa Powell competed for the nomination of the Democratic Party, which Bronson won. Elder law attorney Kenneth Kraus won the Republican nomination. Bronson defeated Kraus in the general election.
- 136th district: Incumbent James Bacalles, a Republican, vacated the seat to run unsuccessfully for the 53rd district Senate seat being vacated by George Winner. (Bacalles was defeated by Tom O'Mara in the 53rd district.) Philip Palmisano won the Republican nomination for the seat. George Matthewson and Randy Weaver were running for the Democratic nomination, but both were controversially removed from the ballot as a result of a technicality, leaving the Democratic line blank. Jason Jordon, nominally a registered Democrat, ran as an independent on the "Common Sense" party line. Palmesano defeated Jordon and a write-in campaign from Weaver in the general election on November 2, 2010.
- 137th district: Incumbent Tom O'Mara, a Republican, vacated the seat to pursue the 53rd Senate seat vacated by George Winner. (O'Mara won the 53rd district Senate seat, defeating James Bacalles.) Republican Christopher Friend faced off against Democrat James Hare and Conservative Party candidate Paul Marcellus. Friend won the general election on November 2, 2010.
- 146th district: Incumbent Jack Quinn III, a Republican, has announced he would retire at the end of his current term to seek the 58th district State Senate seat held by William Stachowski. (Quinn was defeated in the 58th district.) Hamburg Councilman Kevin Smardz, a Republican, filed to run. Brad Rybczynski was victorious in the September 14, 2010 Democratic primary, garnering a plurality (more than 40%) of the vote. Smardz won the general election on November 2, 2010, against Rybczynski and the Conservative Party candidate, Daniel M. Kozub.
- 150th District Incumbent Democrat William Parment had represented this district, which covers the southwesternmost corner of the state, since 1982. He announced his retirement in July 2010. Prior to his resignation, former Chautauqua County executive Andrew Goodell had announced his candidacy against Parment, marking the first serious challenge against Parment in several years. Nancy Gay Bargar, a former Majority Leader and Minority Leader of the County Legislature was nominated by Democratic Party to run. Goodell won the general election against Bargar on November 2, 2010.
- 1st District: Incumbent Democrat Marc Alessi was first elected to the traditionally Republican held district in a 2005 special election. He had recently come under fire for increases in state taxes, loss of state education aid, and the elimination of MTA services throughout his North Fork, Long Island district. Suffolk County legislature Republican minority leader Dan Losquadro challenged Alessi, defeating him by 900 votes.
- 2nd District: Incumbent Fred Thiele, a member of the Independence Party of New York, switched from the Republican Party in 2009 and currently caucuses with the Democratic Party. Until his switch the district had consistently had a Republican in office for several decades. Thiele won re-election on November 2, 2010.
- 3rd District: Incumbent Republican L. Dean Murray was elected in a special election on February 9, 2010. He is the first Republican elected to the Southwest Brookhaven district in 13 years. Murray won re-election on November 2, 2010.
- 4th District: Incumbent Democrat Steven Englebright faced a challenge from Republican Debbie McKee. Englebright won re-election on November 2, 2010.
- 5th District: Incumbent Democrat Ginny Fields was first elected in a special election in 2004. In the September 13, 2010 primary, she was defeated by local Democrat Kenneth Mangan, but ran on the Working Families Party and Independence lines in the November 2, 2010 general election, facing challenges from Mangan and Republican Al Graf, in a district that borders a recent Republican pick up, in the 3rd Assembly District, and which is currently located within the 3rd Senate District, where Democratic State Senator, Brian X. Foley, lost his bid for re-election on November 2, 2010, to Lee Zeldin. Graf defeated Mangan and Fields, who ran as a third party candidate.
- 6th District: Incumbent Democrat Philip Ramos faced a primary challenge from Giovanni A. Mata, chair of the Hispanic Advisory Board for Suffolk County. Ramos won re-election on November 2, 2010.
- 15th District: Incumbent Republican Michael Montesano was elected in a special election on February 9, 2010. November 2010 marked his first general re-election. Montesano won re-election on November 2, 2010.
- 16th District: Incumbent Democrat Michelle Schimel was elected in a special election in the spring of 2007, replacing Thomas DiNapoli, who succeeded to the comptroller's office. She faced a challenge from Republican Scott Diamond, a former community affairs intern for Governor George Pataki. Schimel won re-election on November 2, 2010.
- 20th District: Incumbent Democrat Harvey Weisenberg faced a primary challenge from former Nassau County legislator Jeff Toback. Weisenberg recently came under fire for retiring from the state, allowing for him to collect both his legislative salary and his state pension simultaneously. He has held the Long Beach-based seat since his election in 1988. Weisenberg won re-election on November 2, 2010, narrowly defeating Josh Wanderer, who led after initial returns came in.
- 24th District: Incumbent Democrat David Weprin was elected in a special election on February 9, 2010, succeeding his brother Mark Weprin and his father Saul Weprin. On November 2, 2010, he won his first general re-election.
- 28th District: Incumbent Andrew Hevesi, the son of former Comptroller Alan Hevesi (who resigned amidst a corruption probe) faces his own scandal surrounding his connections to the former New York State Liberal Party. In early 2010, he faced a primary challenge from Democrat Lilianna Zulunova until she dropped out of the race in May due to her recent marriage. Hevesi faced a challenge from Democrat Joe Fox, which Hevesi won. Hevesi faced Republican Aleksander Powietrzynski in the general election, which Hevesi won on November 2, 2010.
- 38th District: Incumbent Democrat Michael G. Miller was elected in a special election on September 15, 2009, succeeding Assemblyman Anthony Seminerio, who was forced to resign after a criminal conviction. He defeated challenger Nick Comaianni for the Democratic nomination, but lost the Conservative party endorsement to write-in candidate Donna Marie Caltabiano. Miller won re-election on November 2, 2010.
- 49th District: Incumbent Democrat Peter Abbate faced a challenge from the winner of the Republican primary, Peter Cipriano. The 49th District was the only district in Brooklyn to vote for John McCain for President in 2008, but Abbate won re-election over Cipriano on November 2, 2010.
- 60th District: Incumbent Democrat Janele Hyer-Spencer was first elected in 2006 in a close race for an open seat formerly held by a retiring Republican. Local republicans recruited Nicole Malliotakis, who defeated Hyer-Spencer in the general election on November 2, 2010.
- 64th District: Incumbent Democrat Sheldon Silver sued to prevent Republican Joan Lipp from appearing on the ballot, as well as to disallow the Republican Party from naming a replacement.
- 73rd District: Incumbent Democrat Jonathan Bing faced a challenge from Republican Paul Niehaus. Bing won the general election on November 2, 2010.
- 76th District: Incumbent Democrat Peter Rivera faced a primary challenge from attorney Luis Sepulveda. Rivera won the general election on November 2, 2010.
- 82nd District: Incumbent Democrat Michael Benedetto faced Mike Rendino in the general election. Benedetto won the general election on November 2, 2010.
- 89th District: Incumbent Republican Robert Castelli was elected in a special election on February 9, 2010, winning a Northeast Westchester district that had been held for close to two decades by the Democratic Party. A primary race between Tom Roach, White Plains, councilman, and Mark Jaffe, President & CEO of the Greater New York Chamber of Commerce determined the Democratic challenger. After a prolonged hand count, Castelli was declared the winner December 10, 2010.
- 90th District: Incumbent Democrat Sandra Galef has held this seat since her election in 1992, despite the strong Republican tilt of Putnam County and the suburban and rural communities in northwestern Westchester. She faced a challenge from her 2008 Republican opponent, William Gouldman, a local community activist in Putnam. Galef won re-election on November 2, 2010.
- 91st District: Incumbent Democrat George Latimer faced Army veteran and local businessman Bill Reed, who ran as a Republican. Latimer won re-election on November 2, 2010.
- 93rd District: Incumbent Democrat Mike Spano was elected as a Republican to the state Assembly and subsequently changed parties in 2007. He faced Republican Mike Ramondelli. Spano won re-election on November 2, 2010.
- 94th District: Incumbent Democrat Kenneth Zebrowski, Jr. faced a challenge from Republican County Legislator Frank Sparaco in the Rockland County District. Zebrowski won re-election on November 2, 2010.
- 96th District: Incumbent Republican Nancy Calhoun faced a strong challenge from Democratic county legislator Roxanne Donnery in the Orange and Rockland Counties District. The close race has not yet been decided, as of November 13, 2010.
- 100th District: Incumbent Democrat Frank Skartados was elected in 2008 in a close race, ousting 14 year incumbent Republican Thomas Kirwan. November 2010 marks his first general re-election. The district is located in Eastern Orange County and Poughkeepsie. Kirwan opted for a rematch in 2010 and the race is currently to close to call with Kirwan holding a narrow lead as absentee ballots remain to be counted.
- 104th District: Incumbent Democrat John McEneny faced a challenge from registered nurse Debbie Busch, a Republican. McEneny won the general election on November 2, 2010.
- 108th District: Incumbent Timothy Gordon, a member of the Independence Party, faced a rematch from his 2008 challenger Steve McLaughlin, on the Republican and Taxpayers Party lines. Before Gordon won the open seat in 2006, the seat was in Republican hands. Steve McLaughlin prevailed over Tim Gordon in the November 2, 2010 general election.
- 109th District: Incumbent Democrat Robert Reilly, who also ran as the nominee of the Independence Party of New York State, and the Working Families Party, has represented this Albany County-based district since 2004. He faced potential challenges from several Republicans including Halfmoon Town board member Craig Hayner, former deputy state Attorney General Jennifer Whalen and attorney James Whalen. Jennifer Whalen was also listed as a candidate of the Conservative Party. Reilly won the general election on November 2, 2010, narrowly defeating Whalen.
- 111th District: Incumbent Democrat William Magee faced a challenge from independent candidate Stephen Dodge. Smithfield supervisor Rick Bargabos, Shawn Steele, and David Vickers sought the Republican nomination. Magee won re-election on November 2, 2010.
- 114th District: Incumbent Republican Janet Duprey faced a primary challenge from Cadyville businessman David Kimmel, stemming from her support of Dede Scozzafava in the New York 23 special congressional election. Rudy Johnson, a former energy analyst and small businessman, will run on the Democratic ticket in the general election. Duprey won re-election on November 2, 2010.
- 116th District: Incumbent Democrat RoAnn Destito faced a potential challenge from Republican Greg Johnson, a councilman in Marcy, New York. Destito won re-election on November 2, 2010.
- 118th District: Incumbent Democrat Addie Jenne Russell was first elected in a special election in 2008. She faced a challenge from St. Lawrence County legislator David Forsythe, a Republican. Russell won re-election on November 2, 2010.
- 120th District: Incumbent Democrat William Magnarelli has represented his Syracuse based district since 1998. He faced a challenge from Republican David Andrew Gay, who initially sought the Republican nomination for New York's 25th Congressional District; Gay was endorsed by Ron Paul. Magnarelli won re-election on November 2, 2010.
- 121st District: Incumbent Democrat Albert Stirpe has represented his Syracuse based district since 2006 where he won election after Republican Jeffrey Brown vacated the seat to run for the State Senate. He faced a challenge from Republican Don Miller, a local businessman. Stirpe conceded the race to Miller on November 18, 2010.
- 126th District: Incumbent Democrat Donna Lupardo was first elected in 2004, upsetting incumbent Republican Robert Warner. Endicott firefighter Jason Stokes sought the Republican nomination in 2010.
- 144th District: Incumbent Democrat Sam Hoyt has held the seat previously held by his father William Hoyt since the elder died in 1992. He narrowly defeated Barb Kavanaugh in a primary election in 2008. Joseph Golombek challenged Hoyt in the primary election this year, and the race ended up too close to call on election night. Golombek and Hoyt had minor party lines; Brian Biggie has the Republican and Taxpayers nominations, and Clarence Carnahan ran a write-in campaign. Hoyt won re-election on November 2, 2010.
Village elections for a handful of mayors and board trustees were held on Tuesday, March 16, 2010. Four villages, three in Cattaraugus County and the fourth being the village of Seneca Falls, placed referenda for dissolution on their village ballots; all four approved dissolution. Two villages in Erie County (Sloan and Williamsville) rejected dissolution referenda held concurrently on August 17, despite (or possibly because of) the campaigning of Kevin Gaughan. Another referendum proposing the dissolution of Lakewood, New York was also defeated eight days later, on August 25, though Gaughan was not involved in that vote. The villages of Farnham and Cuba rejected dissolution referenda on September 28; Gaughan backed the Farnham dissolution. Odessa rejected dissolution on December 7. School board elections and budget referenda were held May 18, with approximately 92 percent of school budgets passing.
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