2018 New York Senate election

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2018 New York Senate election

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All 63 seats in the New York State Senate
32 seats needed for a majority
  Majority party Minority party
  Andrea Stewart-Cousins 2013.jpg 3x4.svg
Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins John J. Flanagan
Party Democratic Republican
Leader's seat 35th District 2nd District
Seats before 31 32[a]
Seats won 39[b] 23
Seat change Increase8 Decrease8
Popular vote 3,242,586 1,926,123
Percentage 55.98% 33.25%
Swing Increase4.48% Decrease3.27%

New York Senate Election 2018 seat changes green Felder.png
     Democratic hold      Republican hold
     Democratic gain      Simcha Felder

Temporary President and Majority Leader before election

John J. Flanagan
Republican

Temporary President and Majority Leader

Andrea Stewart-Cousins
Democratic

Elections to the New York State Senate took place on November 6, 2018. Primary elections were held September 13, 2018.

In April 2018, The Wall Street Journal described the State Senate as the "last bastion of power" of the Republican Party in the State of New York.[1] On Election Day, Democrats gained control of the chamber from the Republicans by picking up eight seats.[2][3] The following day, The New York Times wrote that the Democrats had "decisively evict[ed] Republicans from running the State Senate, which they [had] controlled for all but three years since World War II."[4]

Enrolled Democrats won 40 of the chamber's 63 seats. Brooklyn Senator Simcha Felder, a Democrat who had previously caucused with the Republicans, sought to rejoin the Senate Democratic Conference, but was turned down.[5] The Democrats' election victories made possible the January 2019 election of Andrea Stewart-Cousins as the first female Majority Leader and Temporary President in the chamber's history.[6]

Contents

Party composition[edit]

Affiliation Party
(Shading indicates majority caucus)
Total
Democratic Republican
Mainline Caucus SF[c][5]
End 2017-2018 Session 31 1 31 63
Begin 2019-2020 Session 39 1 23 63
Latest Voting Share 61.9% 1.6% 36.5%

The vote totals for each party were:

Party Votes Percentage Swing
Democratic 3,242,586 55.98% Increase4.48%
Republican 1,926,123 33.25% Decrease3.27%
Conservative 253,452 4.38% Decrease0.69%
Independence 155,542 2.69% Decrease0.38%
Working Families 143,776 2.48% Increase0.40%
Women's Equality 33,835 0.58% Increase0.11%
Reform 25,362 0.44% Decrease0.12%
Green 10,539 0.18% Decrease0.36%
Stop de Blasio 415 0.01% New
Upstate Jobs 347 0.01% New
Tax Revolt 278 0.00% Decrease0.02%

Summary of results[edit]

District Incumbent Party Elected Senator Party
1 Kenneth LaValle Rep Kenneth LaValle Rep
2 John J. Flanagan Rep John J. Flanagan Rep
3 Thomas Croci Rep Monica Martinez Dem
4 Phil Boyle Rep Phil Boyle Rep
5 Carl L. Marcellino Rep Jim Gaughran Dem
6 Kemp Hannon Rep Kevin Thomas Dem
7 Elaine Phillips Rep Anna Kaplan Dem
8 John Brooks Dem John Brooks Dem
9 Todd Kaminsky Dem Todd Kaminsky Dem
10 James Sanders Jr. Dem James Sanders Jr. Dem
11 Tony Avella Dem[d] John Liu Dem
12 Michael Gianaris Dem Michael Gianaris Dem
13 Jose Peralta Dem[d] Jessica Ramos Dem
14 Leroy Comrie Dem Leroy Comrie Dem
15 Joseph Addabbo Jr. Dem Joseph Addabbo Jr. Dem
16 Toby Ann Stavisky Dem Toby Ann Stavisky Dem
17 Simcha Felder Dem[e] Simcha Felder Dem[f]
18 Martin Malave Dilan Dem Julia Salazar Dem
19 Roxanne Persaud Dem Roxanne Persaud Dem
20 Jesse Hamilton Dem[d] Zellnor Myrie Dem
21 Kevin Parker Dem Kevin Parker Dem
22 Martin Golden Rep Andrew Gounardes Dem
23 Diane Savino Dem[d] Diane Savino Dem
24 Andrew Lanza Rep Andrew Lanza Rep
25 Velmanette Montgomery Dem Velmanette Montgomery Dem
26 Brian P. Kavanagh Dem Brian P. Kavanagh Dem
27 Brad Hoylman Dem Brad Hoylman Dem
28 Liz Krueger Dem Liz Krueger Dem
29 Jose M. Serrano Dem Jose M. Serrano Dem
30 Brian Benjamin Dem Brian Benjamin Dem
31 Marisol Alcantara Dem[d] Robert Jackson Dem
32 Luis R. Sepúlveda Dem Luis R. Sepúlveda Dem
33 Gustavo Rivera Dem Gustavo Rivera Dem
34 Jeffrey D. Klein Dem[d] Alessandra Biaggi Dem
35 Andrea Stewart-Cousins Dem Andrea Stewart-Cousins Dem
36 Jamaal Bailey Dem Jamaal Bailey Dem
37 Shelley Mayer Dem Shelley Mayer Dem
38 David Carlucci Dem[d] David Carlucci Dem
39 William J. Larkin Jr. Rep James Skoufis Dem
40 Terrence Murphy Rep Peter Harckham Dem
41 Sue Serino Rep Sue Serino Rep
42 John Bonacic Rep Jen Metzger Dem
43 Kathy Marchione Rep Daphne Jordan Rep
44 Neil Breslin Dem Neil Breslin Dem
45 Betty Little Rep Betty Little Rep
46 George A. Amedore Jr. Rep George A. Amedore Jr. Rep
47 Joseph Griffo Rep Joseph Griffo Rep
48 Patty Ritchie Rep Patty Ritchie Rep
49 Jim Tedisco Rep Jim Tedisco Rep
50 John DeFrancisco Rep Bob Antonacci Rep
51 James Seward Rep James Seward Rep
52 Fred Akshar Rep Fred Akshar Rep
53 David Valesky Dem[d] Rachel May Dem
54 Pam Helming Rep Pam Helming Rep
55 Richard Funke Rep Richard Funke Rep
56 Joseph Robach Rep Joseph Robach Rep
57 Catharine Young Rep Catharine Young Rep
58 Tom O'Mara Rep Tom O'Mara Rep
59 Patrick Gallivan Rep Patrick Gallivan Rep
60 Chris Jacobs Rep Chris Jacobs Rep
61 Michael Ranzenhofer Rep Michael Ranzenhofer Rep
62 Robert Ortt Rep Robert Ortt Rep
63 Timothy Kennedy Dem Timothy Kennedy Dem

Sources:[7][8][9]

Retiring incumbents[edit]

Five incumbent Republican senators did not seek re-election in 2018. They were:

Incumbents defeated[edit]

In primary[edit]

Seven incumbent Senators (all Democrats) ran for re-election, but were defeated in the September 13 primaries.[15] They were:

With the exception of Sen. Dilan, all seven had been members of the Independent Democratic Conference.[17][18]

In general election[edit]

The following Republican incumbents were defeated on Election Day:

The six Democratic members of the IDC who were defeated in the September primaries (Sens. Avella, Peralta, Hamilton, Alcantara, Klein, and Valesky) were also on the ballot in November on either the Independence Party line, the Women's Equality Party line, or both (Sen. Peralta also received votes on the Reform Party line). With the exception of Sen. Avella, none publicly campaigned after being defeated on primary day. None of the six were re-elected.[9]

Detailed results[edit]

Vote share of each candidate by main party per district. Candidates can run on multiple parties in New York; the shading is the sum of votes a candidate received for all parties, although only the main party is used for shading. Simcha Felder is considered a Democrat for purposes of this map.

District 1District 2District 3District 4District 5District 6District 7District 8District 9District 10District 11District 12District 13District 14District 15District 16District 17District 18District 19District 20District 21District 22District 23District 24District 25District 26District 27District 28District 29District 30District 31District 32District 33District 34District 35District 36District 37District 38District 39District 40District 41District 42District 43District 44District 45District 46District 47District 48District 49District 50District 51District 52District 53District 54District 55District 56District 57District 58District 59District 60District 61District 62District 63

Sources:[7][19][20]

District 1[edit]

The 1st district consists of roughly, the eastern half of Long Island, including East Hampton, Hampton Bays, and Riverhead. Republican incumbent Kenneth LaValle has represented this district since 1977.

New York's 1st State Senate district, 2018
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Kenneth LaValle 60,586 48.5
Conservative Kenneth LaValle 6,920 5.6
Independence Kenneth LaValle 3,150 2.5
Reform Kenneth LaValle 361 0.3
Total Kenneth LaValle (incumbent) 71,017 56.9
Democratic Greg Fischer 53,790 43.1
Total votes 124,807 100.0
Republican hold

District 2[edit]

The 2nd district is located on Long Island and includes Centereach, Smithtown, and Stony Brook. Republican Majority Leader John Flanagan has represented this district since 2003.

New York's 2nd State Senate district, 2018
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican John J. Flanagan 57,621 47.9
Conservative John J. Flanagan 6,682 5.5
Independence John J. Flanagan 1,524 1.3
Reform John J. Flanagan 227 0.2
Total John J. Flanagan (incumbent) 66,054 54.9
Democratic Kathleen Cleary 52,861 44.0
Women's Equality Kathleen Cleary 1,291 1.1
Total Kathleen Cleary 54,152 45.1
Total votes 120,206 100.0
Republican hold

District 3[edit]

The 3rd district is located on Long Island and includes Medford, Ronkonkoma, and Sayville. Republican Thomas Croci has represented this district since 2015. Croci did not run for reelection.[10] Republican Assemblymember Dean Murray and Democrat Monica Martinez ran for election to this seat, and Martinez prevailed.

New York's 3rd State Senate district, 2018
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Monica Martinez 46,967 49.3
Working Families Monica Martinez 1,428 1.5
Women's Equality Monica Martinez 765 0.8
Total Monica Martinez 49,160 51.6
Republican Dean Murray 40,195 42.2
Conservative Dean Murray 4,798 5.0
Independence Dean Murray 960 1.0
Reform Dean Murray 211 0.2
Total Dean Murray 46,164 48.4
Total votes 95,320 100.0
Democratic gain from Republican

District 4[edit]

The 4th district is located on the South Shore of Long Island including the towns of Babylon and Islip. Republican Phil Boyle has represented this district since 2013.

New York's 4th State Senate district, 2018
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Phil Boyle 46,143 45.3
Conservative Phil Boyle 5,172 5.1
Independence Phil Boyle 1,247 1.2
Reform Phil Boyle 205 0.2
Total Phil Boyle (incumbent) 52,767 51.8
Democratic Lou D'Amaro 47,294 46.4
Working Families Lou D'Amaro 1,194 1.2
Women's Equality Lou D'Amaro 643 0.6
Total Lou D'Amaro 49,131 48.2
Total votes 101,898 100.0
Republican hold

District 5[edit]

The 5th district is located on the North Shore of Long Island including Huntington and Oyster Bay. Republican Carl Marcellino has represented this district since a 1995 special election. After having nearly upset Marcellino in 2016, Democratic challenger Jim Gaughran challenged Marcellino again in 2018 and won.

New York's 5th State Senate district, 2018
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Jim Gaughran 65,673 53.0
Working Families Jim Gaughran 1,465 1.2
Women's Equality Jim Gaughran 889 0.7
Total Jim Gaughran 68,027 54.9
Republican Carl L. Marcellino 49,411 39.9
Conservative Carl L. Marcellino 5,223 4.2
Independence Carl L. Marcellino 952 0.8
Reform Carl L. Marcellino 239 0.2
Total Carl L. Marcellino (incumbent) 55,825 45.1
Total votes 123,852 100.0
Democratic gain from Republican

District 6[edit]

The 6th district is located in western Long Island including Garden City, Hempstead, and Levittown. Republican Kemp Hannon has represented this district since a 1989 special election. In an unexpected upset, Democratic challenger Kevin Thomas defeated Hannon.[21]

New York's 6th State Senate district, 2018
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Kevin Thomas 53,630 49.4
Working Families Kevin Thomas 1,028 0.9
Women's Equality Kevin Thomas 546 0.5
Total Kevin Thomas 55,204 50.8
Republican Kemp Hannon 47,510 43.7
Conservative Kemp Hannon 4,906 4.5
Independence Kemp Hannon 810 0.8
Reform Kemp Hannon 170 0.2
Total Kemp Hannon (incumbent) 53,396 49.2
Total votes 108,600 100.0
Democratic gain from Republican

District 7[edit]

The 7th district is made up of the Northern Nassau suburbs, including Manhasset, Mineola, and New Cassel. Republican Elaine Phillips was narrowly elected in 2016. Democrat Anna Kaplan defeated Phillips.

New York's 7th State Senate district, 2018
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Anna Kaplan 60,969 53.6
Working Families Anna Kaplan 1,120 1.0
Women's Equality Anna Kaplan 588 0.5
Total Anna Kaplan 62,677 55.1
Republican Elaine Phillips 46,115 40.5
Conservative Elaine Phillips 3,959 3.5
Independence Elaine Phillips 771 0.7
Reform Elaine Phillips 230 0.2
Total Elaine Phillips (incumbent) 51,075 44.9
Total votes 113,752 100.0
Democratic gain from Republican

District 8[edit]

The 8th district is located on the South Shore of Long Island and includes Amityville, Freeport, and Seaford. Democrat John Brooks was first elected in 2016.

New York's 8th State Senate district, 2018
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic John Brooks 61,784 53.2
Working Families John Brooks 1,240 1.1
Women's Equality John Brooks 655 0.5
Total John Brooks (incumbent) 63,679 54.8
Republican Jeffrey Pravato 46,719 40.2
Conservative Jeffrey Pravato 4,831 4.2
Independence Jeffrey Pravato 764 0.7
Reform Jeffrey Pravato 174 0.1
Total Jeffrey Pravato 52,488 45.2
Total votes 116,167 100.0
Democratic hold

District 9[edit]

The 9th district is made up of southwestern Nassau County, including Long Beach, Rockville Centre, and Valley Stream. Democrat Todd Kaminsky was initially elected in a 2016 special election.[22]

Reform primary[edit]

Reform primary results
Party Candidate Votes %
Reform Todd Kaminsky (incumbent) 505 79.8
Reform Francis Becker Jr. 114 18.0
Reform Other 14 2.2
Total votes 633 100.0

General election[edit]

New York's 9th State Senate district, 2018
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Todd Kaminsky 70,538 59.4
Working Families Todd Kaminsky 1,110 0.9
Independence Todd Kaminsky 918 0.8
Women's Equality Todd Kaminsky 693 0.6
Reform Todd Kaminsky 153 0.1
Total Todd Kaminsky (incumbent) 73,412 61.8
Republican Francis Becker Jr. 41,095 34.6
Conservative Francis Becker Jr. 4,044 3.4
Tax Revolt Francis Becker Jr. 278 0.2
Total Francis Becker Jr. 45,417 38.2
Total votes 118,829 100.0
Democratic hold

District 10[edit]

The 10th district includes the southern neighborhoods of Queens, such as Richmond Hill & Springfield Gardens, as well as parts of the Rockaway Peninsula including Arverne and Edgemere. Democrat James Sanders Jr. has represented this district since 2013.

New York's 10th State Senate district, 2018
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic James Sanders Jr. 62,095 97.5
Working Families James Sanders Jr. 1,461 2.3
Reform James Sanders Jr. 148 0.2
Total James Sanders Jr. (incumbent) 63,704 100.0
Total votes 63,704 100.0
Democratic hold

District 11[edit]

The 11th district is located in the northeast suburbs of Queens, including the neighborhoods of Bayside, College Point, and Little Neck. Democrat Tony Avella, a member of the former IDC, has represented this district since 2011. Avella was defeated by Liu in the Democratic primary, but remained in the race on third-party lines. On Election Day, Liu prevailed.

Democratic primary[edit]

Democratic primary results
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic John Liu 12,578 52.3
Democratic Tony Avella (incumbent) 11,489 47.7
Total votes 24,067 100.0

Republican primary[edit]

Republican primary results
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Vickie Paladino 1,735 56.7
Republican Simon Minching 1,323 43.3
Total votes 3,058 100.0

General election[edit]

New York's 11th State Senate district, 2018
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic John Liu 42,047 53.6
Republican Vickie Paladino 19,062 24.3
Independence Tony Avella 15,528 19.8
Women's Equality Tony Avella 713 0.9
Total Tony Avella (incumbent) 16,241 20.7
Conservative Simon Minching 1,123 1.4
Total votes 78,473 100.0
Democratic hold

District 12[edit]

The 12th district is located in Queens, including the neighborhoods of Astoria, Long Island City, and Sunnyside. Democrat Michael Gianaris has represented this district since 2011.

Reform primary[edit]

Reform primary results
Party Candidate Votes %
Reform Opportunity to Ballot 162 100.0
Total votes 162 100.0

General election[edit]

New York's 12th State Senate district, 2018
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Michael Gianaris 65,892 91.6
Working Families Michael Gianaris 6,076 8.4
Total Michael Gianaris (incumbent) 71,968 100.0
Total votes 71,968 100.0
Democratic hold

District 13[edit]

The 13th district is located in Queens, including the neighborhoods of Corona, East Elmhurst, and Jackson Heights. Democrat Jose Peralta, a member of the former IDC, has represented this district since a 2010 special election. Democratic challenger Jessica Ramos won the Democratic primary and the general election.

Democratic primary[edit]

  • Jose Peralta, incumbent
  • Jessica Ramos, community activist[23]
Democratic primary results
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Jessica Ramos 12,550 54.8
Democratic Jose Peralta (incumbent) 10,362 45.2
Total votes 22,912 100.0

General election[edit]

New York's 13th State Senate district, 2018
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Jessica Ramos 41,573 85.9
Working Families Jessica Ramos 1,886 3.9
Total Jessica Ramos 43,459 89.8
Independence Jose Peralta 3,769 7.8
Reform Jose Peralta 766 1.6
Women's Equality Jose Peralta 404 0.8
Total Jose Peralta (incumbent) 4,939 10.2
Total votes 48,398 100.0
Democratic hold

District 14[edit]

The 14th district is centered around the Queens neighborhood of Jamaica, and also includes Laurelton and St. Albans. Democrat Leroy Comrie has represented this district since 2015.

New York's 14th State Senate district, 2018
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Leroy Comrie 76,188 97.2
Working Families Leroy Comrie 1,972 2.5
Reform Leroy Comrie 217 0.3
Total Leroy Comrie (incumbent) 78,377 100.0
Total votes 78,377 100.0
Democratic hold

District 15[edit]

The 15th district includes the central neighborhoods of Queens, such as Middle Village & Ozone Park, and the western half of the Rockaway Peninsula. Democrat Joseph Addabbo Jr. has represented this district since 2009.

Republican primary[edit]

Republican primary results
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Thomas Sullivan 3,377 67.8
Republican Slawomir Platta 1,602 32.2
Total votes 4,979 100.0

Reform primary[edit]

Reform primary results
Party Candidate Votes %
Reform Opportunity to Ballot 285 100.0
Total votes 285 100.0

General election[edit]

New York's 15th State Senate district, 2018
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Joseph Addabbo 44,706 61.0
Working Families Joseph Addabbo 2,262 3.1
Total Joseph Addabbo (incumbent) 46,968 64.1
Republican Thomas Sullivan 22,729 31.0
Conservative Thomas Sullivan 2,762 3.8
Independence Thomas Sullivan 611 0.8
Reform Thomas Sullivan 179 0.3
Total Thomas Sullivan 26,281 35.9
Total votes 73,249 100.0
Democratic hold

District 16[edit]

The 16th district contains the Queens neighborhoods of Elmhurst and Flushing. Democrat Toby Ann Stavisky has represented this district since 1999.

New York's 16th State Senate district, 2018
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Toby Ann Stavisky 39,951 89.0
Working Families Toby Ann Stavisky 2,201 4.9
Women's Equality Toby Ann Stavisky 664 1.5
Total Toby Ann Stavisky (incumbent) 42,816 95.4
Reform Vincent Pazienza 2,053 4.6
Total votes 44,869 100.0
Democratic hold

District 17[edit]

The 17th district is located in southwestern Brooklyn, including the neighborhoods of Borough Park, Kensington, and Midwood. Democrat Simcha Felder, a Democrat that has caucused with the Republicans from 2013 to 2018, has represented this district since 2013.

Democratic primary[edit]

  • Simcha Felder, incumbent
  • Blake Morris, attorney[24]
Democratic primary results
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Simcha Felder (incumbent) 15,589 65.5
Democratic Blake Morris 8,200 34.5
Total votes 23,789 100.0

General election[edit]

New York's 17th State Senate district, 2018
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Simcha Felder 20,585 42.1
Republican Simcha Felder 18,152 37.1
Conservative Simcha Felder 2,283 4.7
Independence Simcha Felder 524 1.1
Total Simcha Felder (incumbent) 41,544 85.0
Working Families Jumaane Williams 6,611 13.5
Reform Luis Rivera 733 1.5
Total votes 48,888 100.0
Democratic hold

District 18[edit]

The 18th district includes the northern Brooklyn neighborhoods of Bushwick, Cypress Hills, and Williamsburg. Democrat Martin Malave Dilan has represented this district since 2013. He previously represented the 17th District from 2003-2012. Democrat Julia Salazar won the Democratic primary and the general election.

Democratic primary[edit]

Democratic primary results
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Julia Salazar 21,419 58.9
Democratic Martin Malave Dilan (incumbent) 14,974 41.1
Total votes 36,393 100.0

General election[edit]

New York's 18th State Senate district, 2018
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Julia Salazar 71,329 100.0
Total votes 71,329 100.0
Democratic hold

District 19[edit]

The 19th district is located in the Brooklyn neighborhoods of Canarsie, East New York, and parts of Sheepshead Bay. Democrat Roxanne Persaud was initially elected in a 2015 special election.

New York's 19th State Senate district, 2018
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Roxanne Persaud 68,041 88.2
Working Families Roxanne Persaud 1,279 1.7
Total Roxanne Persaud (incumbent) 69,320 89.9
Republican Jeffrey J. Ferretti 7,117 9.2
Conservative Jeffrey J. Ferretti 703 0.9
Total Jeffrey J. Ferretti 7,820 10.1
Total votes 77,140 100.0
Democratic hold

District 20[edit]

The 20th district is centered around the Brooklyn neighborhood of Crown Heights. It also includes parts of Brownsville and Sunset Park. Democrat Jesse Hamilton, a member of the former IDC, has represented this district since 2015. Democratic challenger Zellnor Myrie won the Democratic primary and the general election.

Democratic primary[edit]

Democratic primary results
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Zellnor Myrie 23,784 54.0
Democratic Jesse Hamilton (incumbent) 20,266 46.0
Total votes 44,050 100.0

General election[edit]

New York's 20th State Senate district, 2018
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Zellnor Myrie 67,683 85.8
Working Families Zellnor Myrie 5,491 6.9
Total Zellnor Myrie 73,174 92.7
Independence Jesse Hamilton 4,983 6.3
Women's Equality Jesse Hamilton 745 1.0
Total Jesse Hamilton (incumbent) 5,728 7.3
Total votes 78,902 100.0
Democratic hold

District 21[edit]

The 21st district includes the Brooklyn neighborhoods of East Flatbush, Flatlands, and Park Slope. Democrat Kevin Parker has represented this district since 2003.

New York's 21st State Senate district, 2018
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Kevin Parker 85,830 88.2
Working Families Kevin Parker 8,627 8.8
Total Kevin Parker (incumbent) 94,457 97.0
Conservative Brian Kelly 2,893 3.0
Total votes 97,350 100.0
Democratic hold

District 22[edit]

The 22nd district is located in southwestern Brooklyn, including Dyker Heights and Manhattan Beach. Republican Martin Golden has represented this district since 2003. Democratic challenger Andrew Gounardes defeated Ross Barkan in the Democratic primary and narrowly defeated Golden in the general election.[26]

Democratic primary[edit]

  • Ross Barkan, journalist
  • Andrew S. Gounardes, 2012 Democratic nominee for NY-SD22[27]
Democratic primary results
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Andrew Gournardes 9,007 57.7
Democratic Ross Barkan 6,616 42.3
Total votes 15,623 100.0

General election[edit]

New York's 22nd State Senate district, 2018
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Andrew Gournardes 31,736 48.3
Working Families Andrew Gournardes 1,599 2.4
Reform Andrew Gournardes 172 0.3
Total Andrew Gournardes 33,507 51.0
Republican Martin Golden 28,453 43.3
Conservative Martin Golden 2,885 4.4
Independence Martin Golden 898 1.3
Total Martin Golden (incumbent) 32,236 49.0
Total votes 65,743 100.0
Democratic gain from Republican

District 23[edit]

The 23rd district includes the southwestern Brooklyn neighborhoods of Bath Beach & Coney Island, as well as parts of the North Shore neighborhoods of Staten Island, such as Port Richmond and Stapleton. Democrat Diane Savino, a member of the former IDC, has represented this district since 2005.

Democratic primary[edit]

  • Jasmine Robinson, legal secretary[28]
  • Diane Savino, incumbent
  • Brandon Stradford
Democratic primary results
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Diane Savino (incumbent) 13,270 67.5
Democratic Jasmine Robinson 4,015 20.4
Democratic Brandon Stradford 2,363 12.1
Total votes 19,648 100.0

Reform primary[edit]

Reform primary results
Party Candidate Votes %
Reform Diane Savino (incumbent) 531 91.4
Reform Other 50 8.6
Total votes 581 100.0

General election[edit]

New York's 23rd State Senate district, 2018
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Diane Savino 43,429 66.5
Independence Diane Savino 1,019 1.6
Women's Equality Diane Savino 282 0.4
Reform Diane Savino 265 0.4
Total Diane Savino (incumbent) 44,995 68.9
Republican David Krainert 16,861 25.8
Conservative David Krainert 1,223 1.9
Total David Krainert 18,084 27.7
Working Families Jasmine Robinson 2,196 3.4
Total votes 65,275 100.0
Democratic hold

District 24[edit]

The 24th district contains the majority of Staten Island, including the South Shore neighborhoods of Annadale and Pleasant Plains. Republican Andrew Lanza has represented this district since 2007.

New York's 24th State Senate district, 2018
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Andrew Lanza 65,185 81.3
Conservative Andrew Lanza 6,561 8.2
Independence Andrew Lanza 6,238 7.8
Reform Andrew Lanza 2,169 2.7
Total Andrew Lanza (incumbent) 80,153 100.0
Total votes 80,153 100.0
Republican hold

District 25[edit]

The 25th district includes the Brooklyn neighborhoods of Bedford–Stuyvesant and Red Hook. Democrat Velmanette Montgomery has represented this district since 1983. She previously represented the 18th District from 1993-2012 and the 22nd District from 1985-1992.

New York's 25th State Senate district, 2018
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Velmanette Montgomery 99,071 89.9
Working Families Velmanette Montgomery 11,104 10.1
Total Velmanette Montgomery (incumbent) 110,175 100.0
Total votes 110,175 100.0
Democratic hold

District 26[edit]

The 26th district includes the Brooklyn neighborhoods of Brooklyn Heights & Greenpoint, as well as a significant portion of Lower Manhattan, including the Financial District, SoHo, and Tribeca. Democrat Brian Kavanagh was first elected in a 2017 special election.

Reform primary[edit]

Reform primary results
Party Candidate Votes %
Reform Anthony Arias 335 84.4
Reform Other 62 15.6
Total votes 397 100.0

General election[edit]

New York's 26th State Senate district, 2018
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Brian Kavanagh 73,740 80.9
Working Families Brian Kavanagh 6,373 7.0
Total Brian Kavanagh (incumbent) 80,113 87.9
Republican Anthony Arias 9,615 10.5
Reform Anthony Arias 530 0.6
Total Anthony Arias 10,145 11.1
Conservative Stuart Avrick 913 1.0
Total votes 91,171 100.0
Democratic hold

District 27[edit]

The 27th district includes the Lower Manhattan neighborhoods of East Village & Greenwich Village, as well as parts of Midtown Manhattan, such as Hell's Kitchen & the Garment District. Democrat Brad Hoylman has represented this district since 2013.

New York's 27th State Senate district, 2018
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Brad Hoylman 99,229 92.5
Working Families Brad Hoylman 8,004 7.5
Total Brad Hoylman (incumbent) 107,233 100.0
Total votes 107,233 100.0
Democratic hold

District 28[edit]

The 28th district includes the Manhattan neighborhoods of Murray Hill and the Upper East Side. Democrat Liz Krueger has represented this district since 2013. She previously represented the 26th District from 2002-2012.

Independence primary[edit]

Independence primary results
Party Candidate Votes %
Independence Opportunity to Ballot 88 100.0
Total votes 88 100.0

General election[edit]

New York's 28th State Senate district, 2018
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Liz Krueger 90,487 79.3
Working Families Liz Krueger 2,793 2.5
Total Liz Krueger (incumbent) 93,280 81.8
Republican Peter Holmberg 19,551 17.1
Independence Peter Holmberg 703 0.6
Stop de Blasio Peter Holmberg 415 0.4
Reform Peter Holmberg 94 0.1
Total Peter Holmberg 20,763 18.2
Total votes 114,043 100.0
Democratic hold

District 29[edit]

The 29th district includes the Manhattan neighborhoods of parts of the Upper West Side & Yorkville, and parts of southern The Bronx including Highbridge & Mott Haven. Democrat José M. Serrano has represented this district since 2013. He previously represented the 28th District from 2005 to 2012.

New York's 29th State Senate district, 2018
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Jose M. Serrano (incumbent) 68,681 92.9
Republican Jose A. Colon 5,237 7.1
Total votes 73,918 100.0
Democratic hold

District 30[edit]

The 30th district is located in Upper Manhattan and includes Hamilton Heights and Harlem. Democrat Brian Benjamin was initially elected in a 2017 special election.

New York's 30th State Senate district, 2018
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Brian Benjamin 90,746 94.0
Working Families Brian Benjamin 5,782 6.0
Total Brian Benjamin (incumbent) 96,528 100.0
Total votes 96,528 100.0
Democratic hold

District 31[edit]

The 31st district stretches along the western coast of Manhattan , spanning across the Hudson River, taking in Inwood, Washington Heights, and parts of Hell's Kitchen and the Upper West Side. Democrat Marisol Alcantara, a member of the former IDC, was initially elected in 2016. Democrat Robert Jackson defeated Alcantara in the Democratic primary and went on to win the general election.

Democratic primary[edit]

  • Marisol Alcantara, incumbent
  • Robert Jackson, former New York City councilman
  • Thomas Leon
  • Tirso Santiago Pina
Democratic primary results
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Robert Jackson 29,140 56.2
Democratic Marisol Alcantara (incumbent) 19,885 38.3
Democratic Tirso Pina 2,076 4.0
Democratic Thomas Leon 778 1.5
Total votes 51,879 100.0

General election[edit]

New York's 31st State Senate district, 2018
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Robert Jackson 81,821 83.6
Working Families Robert Jackson 5,145 5.3
Total Robert Jackson 86,966 88.9
Republican Melinda Crump 6,067 6.2
Reform Melinda Crump 168 0.2
Total Melinda Crump 6,235 6.4
Independence Marisol Alcantara (incumbent) 4,660 4.7
Total votes 97,861 100.0
Democratic hold

District 32[edit]

The 32nd district is located in south Bronx, including Castle Hill, and parts of Hunts Point and Parkchester. Democrat Luis Sepúlveda has represented this district since winning a special election in April 2018.[29]

New York's 32nd State Senate district, 2018
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Luis Sepúlveda 58,019 93.1
Working Families Luis Sepúlveda 1,130 1.8
Total Luis R. Sepúlveda (incumbent) 59,149 94.9
Republican Patrick Delices 2,183 3.5
Reform Pamela Stewart-Martinez 566 0.9
Conservative Migdalia Denis 415 0.7
Total votes 62,313 100.0
Democratic hold

District 33[edit]

The 33rd district is located in West Bronx, including Fordham Heights and Tremont. Democrat Gustavo Rivera has represented this district since 2011.

New York's 33rd State Senate district, 2018
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Gustavo Rivera 45,627 93.2
Working Families Gustavo Rivera 906 1.9
Total Gustavo Rivera (incumbent) 46,533 95.1
Republican Nicole Torres 2,099 4.3
Conservative Steve Stern 302 0.6
Total votes 48,934 100.0
Democratic hold

District 34[edit]

The 34th district includes the Bronx neighborhoods of Riverdale and Schuylerville, as well as some inner suburbs of New York City, including Pelham and parts of Mount Vernon. Democrat Jeff Klein, the leader of the former IDC, has represented this district since 2005. Democrat Alessandra Biaggi defeated Klein in the Democratic primary and won the general election.

Democratic primary[edit]

Democratic primary results
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Alessandra Biaggi 19,318 54.3
Democratic Jeff Klein (incumbent) 16,290 45.7
Total votes 35,608 100.0

General election[edit]

New York's 34th State Senate district, 2018
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Alessandra Biaggi 58,112 73.0
Working Families Alessandra Biaggi 2,470 3.1
Total Alessandra Biaggi 60,582 76.1
Republican Richard Ribustello 11,875 14.9
Independence Jeffrey D. Klein (incumbent) 5,736 7.2
Conservative Antonio Vitiello 1,430 1.8
Total votes 79,623 100.0
Democratic hold

District 35[edit]

The 35th district is located in the inner suburbs of New York City, including Greenburgh, Yonkers, and parts of New Rochelle. Democrat Andrea Stewart-Cousins, the Senate Minority Leader, has represented this district since 2007.

Democratic primary[edit]

  • Andrea Stewart-Cousins, incumbent
  • Virginia Perez
Democratic primary results
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Andrea Stewart-Cousins (incumbent) 25,129 80.9
Democratic Virginia Perez 5,925 19.1
Total votes 31,054 100.0

General election[edit]

New York's 35th State Senate district, 2018
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Andrea Stewart-Cousins 74,393 92.9
Working Families Andrea Stewart-Cousins 2,630 3.3
Independence Andrea Stewart-Cousins 1,594 2.0
Women's Equality Andrea Stewart-Cousins 885 1.1
Reform Andrea Stewart-Cousins 572 0.7
Total Andrea Stewart-Cousins (incumbent) 80,074 100.0
Total votes 80,074 100.0
Democratic hold

District 36[edit]

The 36th district includes the northern neighborhoods of the Bronx, including Norwood, Wakefield, and Williamsbridge, as well as the majority of Mount Vernon. Democrat Jamaal Bailey was initially elected in 2016.

New York's 36th State Senate district, 2018
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Jamaal Bailey 73,189 95.8
Working Families Jamaal Bailey 1,516 2.0
Total Jamaal Bailey (incumbent) 74,705 97.8
Conservative Robert Diamond 1,688 2.2
Total votes 76,393 100.0
Democratic hold

District 37[edit]

The 37th district is located in the New York City suburbs, including the towns of Bedford, Eastchester, Rye. Democrat Shelley Mayer has represented this district since winning a special election in April 2018.[31]

New York's 37th State Senate district, 2018
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Shelley Mayer 70,011 89.5
Women's Equality Shelley Mayer 4,967 6.4
Working Families Shelley Mayer 1,688 2.2
Independence Shelley Mayer 1,516 1.9
Total Shelley Mayer (incumbent) 78,182 100.0
Total votes 78,182 100.0
Democratic hold

District 38[edit]

The 38th district is located within the New York City suburbs of Briarcliff Manor and Clarkstown. Democrat David Carlucci, a former member of the Independent Democratic Conference (IDC), was first elected in 2010. Like other former IDC members, Carlucci received a Democratic primary challenge in 2018. After defeating Julie Goldberg in the primary,[32] Carlucci turned back Republican Scott Vanderhoef in the general election.[33]

Democratic primary[edit]

  • David Carlucci, incumbent
  • Julie Goldberg, school librarian[34]
Democratic primary results
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic David Carlucci (incumbent) 13,066 53.9
Democratic Julie Goldberg 11,174 46.1
Total votes 24,240 100.0

General election[edit]

New York's 38th State Senate district, 2018
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic David Carlucci 60,990 63.3
Women's Equality David Carlucci 2,019 2.1
Total David Carlucci (incumbent) 63,009 65.4
Republican C. Scott Vanderhoef 26,265 27.3
Conservative C. Scott Vanderhoef 4,242 4.4
Reform C. Scott Vanderhoef 2,097 2.2
Independence C. Scott Vanderhoef 723 0.7
Total C. Scott Vanderhoef 33,327 34.6
Total votes 96,336 100.0
Democratic hold

District 39[edit]

The 39th district is located in the Hudson Valley region, including Crawford, Marlborough, and Stony Point. Republican Sen. William J. Larkin Jr. did not seek re-election.[11] Democratic Assemblymember James Skoufis defeated Republican Tom Basile in the general election.

Reform primary[edit]

Reform primary results
Party Candidate Votes %
Reform James Skoufis 931 99.7
Reform Other 3 0.3
Total votes 934 100.0

General election[edit]

New York's 39th State Senate district, 2018
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic James Skoufis 48,267 50.5
Working Families James Skoufis 1,862 2.0
Reform James Skoufis 712 0.8
Women's Equality James Skoufis 707 0.7
Total James Skoufis 51,548 54.0
Republican Tom Basile 34,195 35.8
Conservative Tom Basile 5,080 5.3
Independence Tom Basile 4,713 4.9
Total Tom Basile 43,988 46.0
Total votes 95,536 100.0
Democratic gain from Republican

District 40[edit]

The 40th district is located in the Hudson Valley, including Beekman, Carmel, and New Castle. Republican Terrence Murphy has represented this district since 2015. Murphy was challenged by Democrat Peter Harckham. As of November 8, Murphy had not conceded the race, and Harckham led Murphy by 2,121 votes.[35] Harckham defeated Murphy by 3,834 votes.[36][7]

Democratic primary[edit]

Democratic primary results
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Peter Harckham 11,647 53.5
Democratic Robert Kesten 10,119 46.5
Total votes 21,766 100.0

General election[edit]

New York's 40th State Senate district, 2018
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Peter Harckham 59,560 49.4
Working Families Peter Harckham 1,777 1.5
Women's Equality Peter Harckham 818 0.7
Total Peter Harckham 62,155 51.6
Republican Terrence Murphy 49,730 41.3
Conservative Terrence Murphy 6,550 5.4
Independence Terrence Murphy 1,681 1.4
Reform Terrence Murphy 360 0.3
Total Terrence Murphy (incumbent) 58,321 48.4
Total votes 120,476 100.0
Democratic gain from Republican

District 41[edit]

The 41st district is located in the Hudson Valley, including Philipstown, Poughkeepsie, and Stanford. Republican Susan J. Serino has represented this district since 2015. As of November 8, Democratic candidate Karen Smythe had not conceded the race, although she trailed Serino by 2,146 votes.[35] Smythe conceded on December 3, 2018.[37]

New York's 41st State Senate district, 2018
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Sue Serino 49,685 42.1
Conservative Sue Serino 7,683 6.5
Independence Sue Serino 1,698 1.4
Reform Sue Serino 368 0.3
Total Sue Serino (incumbent) 59,434 50.3
Democratic Karen Smythe 55,582 47.0
Working Families Karen Smythe 2,274 1.9
Women's Equality Karen Smythe 890 0.8
Total Karen Smythe 58,746 49.7
Total votes 118,180 100.0
Republican hold

District 42[edit]

The 42nd district is located in the Hudson Valley, including Liberty, Middletown, and New Paltz. Republican John Bonacic, who has represented this district since 1999, did not seek re-election.[12]

Democratic primary[edit]

  • Pramilla Malick, 2016 Democratic nominee for NYSD-42[38]
  • Jen Metzger, Rosendale town councilwoman[39]
Democratic primary results
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Jen Metzger 10,797 61.7
Democratic Pramilla Malick 6,707 38.3
Total votes 17,504 100.0

Reform primary[edit]

Reform primary results
Party Candidate Votes %
Reform Ann Rabbitt 597 92.4
Reform Other 49 7.6
Total votes 646 100.0

General election[edit]

New York's 42nd State Senate district, 2018
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Jen Metzger 48,556 48.1
Working Families Jen Metzger 2,730 2.7
Women's Equality Jen Metzger 1,006 1.0
Total Jen Metzger 52,292 51.8
Republican Ann Rabbitt 41,648 41.3
Conservative Ann Rabbitt 5,362 5.3
Independence Ann Rabbitt 1,225 1.2
Reform Ann Rabbitt 337 0.4
Total Ann Rabbitt 48,572 48.2
Total votes 100,864 100.0
Democratic gain from Republican

District 43[edit]

The 43rd district is located in the Capital District, including the eastern suburbs of Albany, such as East Greenbush, as well as Hudson, Saratoga Springs, and Schaghticoke. Republican Kathy Marchione, who has represented this district since 2013, did not seek re-election.[13]

New York's 43rd State Senate district, 2018
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Daphne Jordan 54,576 43.0
Conservative Daphne Jordan 9,240 7.3
Independence Daphne Jordan 2,943 2.3
Reform Daphne Jordan 618 0.5
Total Daphne Jordan 67,377 53.1
Democratic Aaron Gladd 54,784 43.1
Working Families Aaron Gladd 3,433 2.7
Women's Equality Aaron Gladd 1,398 1.1
Total Aaron Gladd 59,615 46.9
Total votes 126,992 100.0
Republican hold

District 44[edit]

The 44th district is centered around the state capital, Albany, and the surrounding suburbs including: Bethlehem, Colonie, and Troy. Democrat Neil Breslin has represented this district since 1997.

New York's 44th State Senate district, 2018
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Neil Breslin 61,880 63.6
Working Families Neil Breslin 4,275 4.4
Independence Neil Breslin 2,575 2.7
Total Neil Breslin (incumbent) 68,730 70.7
Republican Christopher Davis 23,647 24.3
Conservative Christopher Davis 4,204 4.3
Reform Christopher Davis 683 0.7
Total Christopher Davis 28,534 29.3
Total votes 97,264 100.0
Democratic hold

District 45[edit]

The 45th district is located in rural Upstate New York, specifically the North Country region, including Malone, Plattsburgh, and Queensbury. Republican Betty Little has represented this district since 2003.

New York's 45th State Senate district, 2018
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Betty Little 56,669 55.9
Conservative Betty Little 4,945 4.9
Independence Betty Little 3,184 3.1
Reform Betty Little 472 0.5
Total Betty Little (incumbent) 65,270 64.4
Democratic Emily Martz 33,876 33.4
Working Families Emily Martz 2,185 2.2
Total Emily Martz 36,061 35.6
Total votes 101,331 100.0
Republican hold

District 46[edit]

The 46th district takes in areas of the Capital District, such as Amsterdam & Rotterdam, as well as parts of the Hudson Valley, including Kingston & Woodstock. Republican George Amedore has represented this district since 2015.

New York's 46th State Senate district, 2018
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican George Amedore 55,703 45.5
Conservative George Amedore 9,201 7.5
Independence George Amedore 2,818 2.3
Reform George Amedore 537 0.5
Total George Amedore (incumbent) 68,259 55.8
Democratic Pat Courtney Strong 48,813 39.9
Working Families Pat Courtney Strong 3,885 3.2
Women's Equality Pat Courtney Strong 1,418 1.1
Total Pat Courtney Strong 54,116 44.2
Total votes 122,375 100.0
Republican hold

District 47[edit]

The 47th district starts in Central New York, including, Rome & Utica, and then spans into the rural North Country, taking in Lowville & Potsdam. Republican Joseph Griffo has represented this district since 2007.

New York's 47th State Senate district, 2018
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Joseph Griffo 59,879 80.3
Independence Joseph Griffo 7,063 9.5
Conservative Joseph Griffo 6,736 9.0
Reform Joseph Griffo 874 1.2
Total Joseph Griffo (incumbent) 74,552 100.0
Total votes 74,552 100.0
Republican hold

District 48[edit]

The 48th district is runs along the New York-Ontario border near Lake Ontario, including Ogdensburg, Oswego, and Watertown. Republican Patricia Ritchie has represented this district since 2011.

New York's 48th State Senate district, 2018
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Patty Ritchie 55,917 79.9
Independence Patty Ritchie 7,144 10.2
Conservative Patty Ritchie 6,946 9.9
Total Patty Ritchie (incumbent) 70,007 100.0
Total votes 70,007 100.0
Republican hold

District 49[edit]

The 49th district is located in the greater the Capital District and is centered around the outer Albany suburbs. It includes Malta and part of the City of Schenectady. The district also takes in the parts of North Country, such as rural areas of Hamilton County and Herkimer County. Republican Jim Tedisco was first elected to represent District 49 in 2016.

Reform primary[edit]

Reform primary results
Party Candidate Votes %
Reform Jim Tedisco (incumbent) 1,099 72.8
Reform Michelle Ostrelich 401 26.6
Reform Other 10 0.6
Total votes 1,510 100.0

General election[edit]

New York's 49th State Senate district, 2018
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Jim Tedisco 54,556 50.1
Conservative Jim Tedisco 7,172 6.6
Independence Jim Tedisco 2,331 2.1
Reform Jim Tedisco 494 0.5
Total Jim Tedisco (incumbent) 64,553 59.3
Democratic Michelle Ostrelich 41,059 37.7
Working Families Michelle Ostrelich 2,075 1.9
Women's Equality Michelle Ostrelich 1,151 1.1
Total Michelle Ostrelich 44,285 40.7
Total votes 108,838 100.0
Republican hold

District 50[edit]

The 50th district is located within the Syracuse metropolitan area, including the Syracuse suburbs of Clay and Manlius, as well as a majority of Auburn. Republican John DeFrancisco has represented this district since 1993 and did not seek re-election.[14] As of November 7, 2018, Republican Bob Antonacci led Democrat John Mannion by 2,829 votes and declared victory in the race, although absentee ballots remained to be counted.[40] On November 21, 2018, elections officials confirmed Antonacci's victory.[41]

New York's 50th State Senate district, 2018
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Bob Antonacci 50,970 41.7
Conservative Bob Antonacci 8,132 6.6
Independence Bob Antonacci 2,881 2.4
Upstate Jobs Bob Antonacci 347 0.3
Total Bob Antonacci 62,330 51.0
Democratic John Mannion 56,438 46.1
Working Families John Mannion 2,427 2.0
Women's Equality John Mannion 1,133 0.9
Total John Mannion 59,998 49.0
Total votes 122,328 100.0
Republican hold

District 51[edit]

The 51st district is located in South-Central New York and includes Cortland, Herkimer, and Oneonta. Republican James Seward has represented this district since 1987.

New York's 51st State Senate district, 2018
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican James Seward 58,100 55.0
Conservative James Seward 6,014 5.7
Independence James Seward 2,500 2.4
Reform James Seward 487 0.4
Total James Seward (incumbent) 67,101 63.5
Democratic Joyce St. George 36,628 34.6
Women's Equality Joyce St. George 1,982 1.9
Total Joyce St. George 38,610 36.5
Total votes 105,711 100.0
Republican hold

District 52[edit]

The 52nd district is located in the Southern Tier region and is centered around Binghamton and the surrounding areas including Chenango and Oxford. Republican Fred Akshar has represented this district since 2015.

New York's 52nd State Senate district, 2018
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Fred Akshar 66,559 82.1
Independence Fred Akshar 7,562 9.3
Conservative Fred Akshar 5,797 7.1
Reform Fred Akshar 1,176 1.5
Total Fred Akshar (incumbent) 81,094 100.0
Total votes 81,094 100.0
Republican hold

District 53[edit]

The 53rd district is centered around Syracuse and the surrounding area including: Chittenango, Cicero, and Oneida. Democrat David Valesky, a member of the IDC, has represented this district since 2005. Democrat Rachel May defeated Valesky in the Democratic primary and won the general election.

Democratic primary[edit]

  • Rachel May, board member of OCRRA[42] and former college professor[43]
  • David Valesky, incumbent
Democratic primary results
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Rachel May 8,553 51.8
Democratic David Valesky (incumbent) 7,943 48.2
Total votes 16,496 100.0

General election[edit]

New York's 53rd State Senate district, 2018
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Rachel May 45,706 48.8
Working Families Rachel May 2,370 2.5
Total Rachel May 48,076 51.3
Republican Janet Berl Burman 29,627 31.6
Conservative Janet Berl Burman 5,021 5.4
Total Janet Berl Burman 34,648 37.0
Independence David Valesky 9,625 10.3
Women's Equality David Valesky 1,393 1.4
Total David Valesky (incumbent) 11,018 11.7
Total votes 93,742 100.0
Democratic hold

District 54[edit]

The 54th district is located in the Finger Lakes region and includes Canandaigua, Geneva, and Seneca Falls. Republican Pam Helming was initially elected in 2016.

New York's 54th State Senate district, 2018
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Pam Helming 55,858 51.5
Conservative Pam Helming 8,249 7.6
Independence Pam Helming 2,566 2.4
Reform Pam Helming 550 0.5
Total Pam Helming (incumbent) 67,223 62.0
Democratic Kenan Baldridge 38,808 35.8
Working Families Kenan Baldridge 1,618 1.5
Women's Equality Kenan Baldridge 843 0.7
Total Kenan Baldridge 41,269 38.0
Total votes 108,492 100.0
Republican hold

District 55[edit]

The 55th district is located in the Rochester metropolitan area, including roughly the eastern half of Rochester, and the surrounding suburbs including Irondequoit and Mendon. This district also stretches down into Naples and Richmond. Republican Richard Funke has represented this district since 2015.

New York's 55th State Senate district, 2018
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Rich Funke 54,429 42.6
Conservative Rich Funke 8,210 6.4
Independence Rich Funke 3,097 2.5
Reform Rich Funke 543 0.4
Total Rich Funke (incumbent) 66,279 51.9
Democratic Jennifer Lunsford 61,407 48.1
Total votes 127,686 100.0
Republican hold

District 56[edit]

The 56th district is centered around parts of Rochester and the surrounding suburbs including: Greece, Hamlin, and Parma. Republican Joseph Robach has represented this district since 2003.

New York's 56th State Senate district, 2018
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Joseph Robach 43,152 45.1
Conservative Joseph Robach 7,200 7.5
Independence Joseph Robach 2,310 2.4
Reform Joseph Robach 429 0.5
Total Joseph Robach (incumbent) 53,091 55.5
Democratic Jeremy Cooney 40,214 42.1
Working Families Jeremy Cooney 1,452 1.5
Women's Equality Jeremy Cooney 831 0.9
Total Jeremy Cooney 42,497 44.5
Total votes 95,588 100.0
Republican hold

District 57[edit]

The 57th district is located in the Southern Tier region, including: Alfred, Jamestown, and Olean. Republican Catharine Young has represented this district since 2005.

New York's 57th State Senate district, 2018
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Catharine Young 64,261 82.0
Conservative Catharine Young 8,414 10.8
Independence Catharine Young 4,961 6.3
Reform Catharine Young 728 0.9
Total Catharine Young (incumbent) 78,364 100.0
Total votes 78,364 100.0
Republican hold

District 58[edit]

The 58th district is located in the Southern Tier region, including: Elmira, Hornell, and Ithaca. Republican Tom O'Mara has represented this district since 2011.

Democratic primary[edit]

Democratic primary results
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Amanda Kirchgessner 8,575 61.5
Democratic Michael Lausell 5,375 38.5
Total votes 13,950 100.0

General election[edit]

New York's 58th State Senate district, 2018
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Tom O'Mara 51,769 52.7
Conservative Tom O'Mara 4,565 4.6
Independence Tom O'Mara 1,813 1.8
Reform Tom O'Mara 340 0.4
Total Tom O'Mara (incumbent) 58,487 59.5
Democratic Amanda Kirchgessner 36,546 37.2
Working Families Amanda Kirchgessner 3,268 3.3
Total Amanda Kirchgessner 39,814 40.5
Total votes 98,301 100.0
Republican hold

District 59[edit]

The 59th district stretches from the Rochester suburbs of Avon and Henrietta westward into parts of the Buffalo suburbs of Aurora & West Seneca. Republican Patrick Gallivan has represented this district since 2011.

New York's 59th State Senate district, 2018
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Patrick M. Gallivan 67,140 73.2
Conservative Patrick M. Gallivan 14,280 15.5
Independence Patrick M. Gallivan 8,969 9.8
Reform Patrick M. Gallivan 1,349 1.5
Total Patrick M. Gallivan (incumbent) 91,738 100.0
Total votes 91,738 100.0
Republican hold

District 60[edit]

The 60th district is located in the Buffalo metropolitan area, centered around the Buffalo suburbs along the shore of Lake Erie, including Evans, Grand Island, and Tonawanda. Republican Chris Jacobs has represented this district since 2017.

New York's 60th State Senate district, 2018
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Chris Jacobs 48,643 44.0
Conservative Chris Jacobs 9,490 8.6
Independence Chris Jacobs 3,027 2.7
Reform Chris Jacobs 527 0.5
Total Chris Jacobs (incumbent) 61,687 55.8
Democratic Carima El Behairy 45,106 40.8
Working Families Carima El Behairy 2,537 2.3
Women's Equality Carima El Behairy 1,300 1.1
Total Carima El Behairy 48,943 44.2
Total votes 110,630 100.0
Republican hold

District 61[edit]

The 61st district is primarily located within the Finger Lakes region, stretching from parts of Rochester to Batavia, Le Roy, and the outer Buffalo suburbs of Amherst and Clarence. Republican Michael Ranzenhofer has represented this district since 2009.

New York's 61st State Senate district, 2018
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Michael Ranzenhofer 49,410 44.0
Conservative Michael Ranzenhofer 9,199 8.2
Independence Michael Ranzenhofer 1,746 1.5
Reform Michael Ranzenhofer 425 0.4
Total Michael Ranzenhofer (incumbent) 60,780 54.1
Democratic Joan Seamans 48,279 43.0
Working Families Joan Seamans 2,010 1.8
Women's Equality Joan Seamans 1,182 1.1
Total Joan Seamans 51,471 45.9
Total votes 112,251 100.0
Republican hold

District 62[edit]

The 62nd district is located in Western New York, including the outer Rochester suburbs, such as Sweden, stretching west into Albion, Lockport, and Niagara Falls. Republican Robert Ortt has represented this district since 2015.

New York's 62nd State Senate district, 2018
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Robert Ortt 54,154 68.0
Conservative Robert Ortt 9,804 12.3
Independence Robert Ortt 4,506 5.7
Reform Robert Ortt 654 0.8
Total Robert Ortt (incumbent) 69,118 86.8
Green Peter Diachun 10,539 13.2
Total votes 79,657 100.0
Republican hold

District 63[edit]

The 63rd district is centered around the city of Buffalo and the immediate surrounding suburbs of Cheektowaga and Lackawanna. Democrat Tim Kennedy has represented this district since 2011.

Democratic primary[edit]

  • Timothy M. Kennedy, incumbent
  • Shaqurah Zachery, teacher[46]
Democratic primary results
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Timothy M. Kennedy (incumbent) 23,640 76.7
Democratic Shaqurah Zachery 7,198 23.3
Total votes 30,838 100.0

General election[edit]

New York's 63rd State Senate district, 2018
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Timothy M. Kennedy 62,370 88.8
Working Families Timothy M. Kennedy 3,811 5.4
Independence Timothy M. Kennedy 3,006 4.3
Women's Equality Timothy M. Kennedy 1,034 1.5
Total Timothy M. Kennedy (incumbent) 70,221 100.0
Total votes 70,221 100.0
Democratic hold

Aftermath[edit]

One question that remained after the election results came in was which caucus Democratic Senator Simcha Felder would join. Felder, since his first election in 2012, has been a member of the Republican majority, in order to deliver results to his heavily Jewish district, particularly education funding for yeshivas.[47] After the dissolution of the Independent Democratic Conference and the rejoining of its seven members into the mainline caucus, Felder remained with the Republicans as the decisive vote for control. Felder maintained throughout his tenure that he would rejoin the Democrats if doing so would benefit his district, but after the overwhelming Democratic win in 2018, the Democratic conference disallowed him from joining the new majority.[48]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ This figure includes Democratic Senator Simcha Felder, an enrolled Democrat who caucused with the Senate Republican Conference from 2013 to 2018.
  2. ^ This figure does not include Senator Simcha Felder, an enrolled Democrat who caucused with the Senate Republican Conference from 2013 to 2018 and was barred from joining the Senate Democratic Conference in December 2018.
  3. ^ The "SF" column refers to Senator Simcha Felder, an enrolled Democrat who caucused with the Senate Republican Conference from 2013 to 2018 and was barred from joining the Senate Democratic Conference in December 2018.
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h Former member of the Independent Democratic Conference.
  5. ^ Caucusing with the Republicans.
  6. ^ Not a member of the Democratic majority.

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