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Big Long Island wins help Democrats take control of State Senate

Nov
7
2018

Democrats also campaigned to block Republican President Donald Trump’s policies on taxes, immigration, social welfare programs, civil rights and environmental protection.

Most Republicans, however, tried to walk a fine line on Trump, who is deeply unpopular in New York. New York Republicans have said they would support some of his measures, such as those that spur the economy, while distancing themselves form Trump’s heated rhetoric.

Suffolk County Executive Steven Bellone, who was dispatched statewide to show Democrats how to win in Republican areas, called Stewart-Cousins “the soon-to-be majority leader.”

“I look forward to working together to protect suburban homeowners and finally pass good-government reforms that have been stalled for far too long,” Bellone said.

Democrats controlled the Senate only twice: In 1965 until Republicans won a special election months later; and in 2008, when Democrats won 32 seats in what was then a 62-seat chamber. Republicans scored a net gain of two seats in 2010, giving them a 32-seat majority plus a conservative Democrat who allied with them. GOP rule was further solidified in 2010 when four Democrats broke away from the Democratic majority to form the Independent Democratic Conference, which allied with the Republican majority and Democratic Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo to get some progressive measures to the floor. It dissolved in April under pressure within the party.| read more ››

Letitia James Breaks Multiple Barriers With Win In New York Attorney General Race

Nov
7
2018

Letitia James made history on election night by becoming the first African-American woman to be elected attorney general of New York.

James, the public advocate for New York City, also broke barriers as first black woman elected to statewide office in New York, the first woman of any race to be elected as the state’s attorney general, and the first black person to serve in that position.

In a tweet Tuesday night, attorney general-elect said her victory was “for justice” and “our future.”| read more ››

Lys Keeps Town Board Seat in Landslide

Nov
6
2018

East Hampton Town Councilman David Lys, who was appointed to the town board in January, was elected in his own right on Tuesday, defeating his challenger, Manny Vilar, with a decisive 69.3 percent of the vote.

An unofficial tally on the Suffolk County Board of Elections website had Mr. Lys winning 6,177 votes to Mr. Vilar's 2,728. Appointed to fill the seat occupied by Peter Van Scoyoc following his election as supervisor last November, Mr. Lys will now serve the final year of Mr. Van Scoyoc's term. He will have to stand for re-election next year, should he wish to seek a full four-year term.| read more ››

Democrats Cergol, Guthman, Gaughran Claim Victory

Nov
6
2018

Update: Democrat Joan Cergol defeated Republican James Leonick Tuesday night to retain her seat on the Huntington Town Board.

In addition, Suffolk Water Authority chairman James Gaughran claimed victory over State Sen. Carl Marcellino, helping shift power to the Democrats in Albany.

And incumbent Town Receiver of Taxes Jillian Guthman defeated Republican attorney Janet Smitelli.| read more ››

Liuba Grechen Shirley, Perry Gershon win congressional primaries

Jun
27
2018

First time candidates Perry Gershon and Liuba Grechen Shirley defeated longtime party veterans for two Democratic Congressional nominations Tuesday night.

With all precincts reporting, East Hampton businessman Perry Gershon had 36 percent of the vote to 30 percent for former Suffolk Legis. Kate Browning, who called Gershon late last night to congratulate him.

Three other challengers had 34 percent of the vote combined.

Gershon will face Rep. Lee Zeldin (R-Shirley) in November.| read more ››