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Town Justice

Candidates # of votes Percentage of vote Frederick Dettmer (D) 1,785 39 John Gardner (R) 2,788 61

As of Tuesday 11:41 p.m., 10 of 10 Districts reporting.

Pelham voters overwhelmingly favored their incumbent justice, former Westchester County Assistant District Attorney John Gardner. With a definitive 61 percent of the vote, Gardner retained his seat on the bench with a margin of 2,788 votes to 1,785. The candidates did not respond to Patch requests for comment.

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U.S. House of Representatives, District 16

Candidates # of votes Percentage of vote Eliot Engel (D) 73,870 68 Joseph McLaughlin (R) 32,982 30 Joseph Diaferia (Green) 1,408 1

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New York State Assembly, District 88

Candidates # of votes Percentage of vote Amy Paulin (D) 30,672 100

Unopposed Paulin in White Plains Tonight

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New York State Senate District 37

Candidates # of votes percentage of vote Bob Cohen (R) 39,771 45 George Latimer (D) 47,862 55

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Local races and results:

U.S. House of Representatives, District 17

Candidates # of votes  percentage of votes Nita Lowey (D) 139,876 (80% of vote tallied in Westchester) Joe Carvin (R) 75,736 Frank Morganthaler (We the People)  2,164

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New York State Senate, District 37

Candidates # of votes percentage of vote George Lattimer (D)
47,862 55% Bob Cohen (R) 
39,771 45%

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New York State Assembly, District 88

Candidates (vote for 1) # of votes  percentage of vote  Amy Paulin (D) 30,692 100%

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New York State Assembly, District 93

Candidates # of votes  percentage of vote Robert Castelli (R)  20,073 47% David Buchwald (D) 22,532 53%

New York State Senate, District 35

Candidate # of votes percentage of vote Andrea Stewart-Cousins (D) 56,098 100%

*Results are according to the Westchester County Board of Elections

Buchwald Unseats Castelli in 93rd Assembly Race

Democrat David Buchwald has defeated incumbent Republican Robert Castelli in New York's 93rd Assembly District.

Buchwald, a White Plains Common Council member, had captured 53 percent of the vote with 88 percent of districts reporting when Castelli conceded the election. The Democrat celebrated the victory with supporters at Vintage in White Plains Tuesday night.

"I will be working every day to make sure we have a state government that is moving us forward, helping those less fortunate but also giving people the tools and opportunities they need to help themselves and to make sure that we are leading the nation," Buchwald said.

Castelli conceded the race at a gathering for county Republicans at the Crowne Plaza hotel in White Plains.

He praised his fellow Republican candidates, including Bob Cohen, saying, "It was a tremendous honor to run alongside you."

Castelli thanked his supporters, whom he said were "unsung heroes" for the hours, minutes and days that they worked on his campaign.

"I thank you from the bottom of my heart," he said. "Rest assured, I will be committed to my job as Assemblyman of the 89th District until 11:59 p.m. on December 31."

Once in office, Buchwald said his first priority will be the local economy.

"We are in need of a well-coordinated approach to bring good paying jobs back into the area," he said. "I know that's exactly what we need, an ambassador who will work to promote the great opportunities there are here for companies to come and really bring us forward not just for the next year or two, but for decades to come."

Latimer Wins State Senate Seat

As supporters chanted "George, George, George," at a Democratic Party rally in White Plains, George Latimer declared victory in New York's 37th State Senate district just after midnight Wednesday.

The assemblyman thanked a room full of supporters in the Coliseum Night Club on S Broadway in White Plains.

"The people chose these seats," he said.

With 81 percent of district’s reporting, Latimer had received 55 percent of the vote to Republican Bob Cohen’s 45.

Latimer's victory keeps the 37th State Senate seat long held by Suzi Oppenheimer under Democratic control. Oppenheimer has occupied the seat since 1984. She did not run for re-election this year and will retire after completing her 14th term in December.

Bob Cohen (R) conceded the race at the Crown Plaza in White Plains, acknowledging that his campaign—and the campaigns of his fellow Republicans—fell short.

"But that's only part of the story," he said. 

Cohen said Republicans needed to build up their party and reach out to conservative, independent and unaffiliated voters in Westchester County.

"We need to put forth the positions we espouse: Lower taxes, more effective government and an improved climate for business," he said. "We need to educate voters who tend to vote along party lines in a presidential election about these issues that matter."

Close Finish Expected in 37th State Senate Race

State Senate candidates George Latimer (D) and Bob Cohen (R) are preparing for what could be a long night, as their neck-and-neck race for the 37th State Senate District is expected to go down to the wire.

Cohen, who lost his bid for the same seat to Suzi Oppenheimer (D) by a slim margin in 2010, said he is hopeful results will be finalized tonight but that absentee ballots could again determine the outcome. 

"It will be close," Cohen said. "We'll see if we have a result finalized."

Both candidates were campaigning throughout Westchester County Tuesday. Cohen said he has been visiting train stations and speaking with voters since early this morning. Latimer said he has been to Tuckahoe, Yonkers, Mamaroneck and Rye with plans for other locations before the polls close.

"In our race, it's going to be razor-thin," Latimer said Tuesday afternoon. "I don't expect either a concession speech or an acceptance speech from either of us tonight, it's going to be that close."

Oppenheimer has occupied the 37th State Senate seat since 1984. She did not run for re-election this year and will retire after completing her 14th term in December.

Latimer has served in the New York State Assembly and announced his bid to run for state senate in March. Cohen is a real estate executive from Scarsdale who also announced his candidacy this spring.

The race between the two has been testy at times. Both candidates lodged complaints with the county's Fair Campaign Practices Committee in early October. At the time Latimer accused Cohen of "blatantly misleading viewers" during a televised campaign advertisement. The committee made no finding.

Cohen's complaint that Latimer's campaign manager had contacted The Journal News about the unfair campaign practice allegation was upheld. FCPC rules state that only the committee can send out releases involving unfair practices to the press.

The two men were back in front of the committee two weeks later, when a mailing distributed by the Latimer campaign calling Cohen a "slumlord" garnered five complaints from the Cohen campaign.

The Fair Campaign Practices Committee ruled that one phrase in the mailing was unfair.

With the campaign nearing its end, both men said they are ready for the public to make the final choice. 

"It's in the hands of the voters now," Latimer said. "It's their choice, it's the people's say."

"Today is a day for people to basically tell us the direction of the state and the nation," Cohen said. "We're very happy, we're confident."

The 37th Senate District is comprised of parts of New Rochelle and White Plains, Bedford-Katonah, Harrison, Rye, Port Chester, Larchmont-Mamaroneck and Bronxville-Eastchester.

Renea Henry November 06, 2012 at 01:16 PM
Brisk traffic at Daronco Town House, Our Lady of Perpetual Help and Pelham Manor FD. How long did it take you to cast your ballot?

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