BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – Four main races will influence the way Western New York is represented on a state and national scale.
Update: Andrew Cuomo won reelection Tuesday, that means Western New York native Kathy Hochul is the new Lieutenant Governor elect.
Incumbent Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo and his running mate Kathy Hochul squared off against Republican Rob Astorino and Christopher Moss.
The voters who elected Cuomo made him the first Democratic governor to win reelection since his father, Mario Cuomo.
Cuomo pointed to his work in lowering taxes, investing in the upstate economy and in passing gay marriage and gun control laws.
Astorino said he thought he was gaining favor in the polls; his supporters pointed to Governor George Pataki’s election in 1994 over Mario Cuomo.
Republicans backing Astorino said Cuomo hasn’t done enough to stimulate business in the Empire state.
State Senate 60th district race
The Democratic candidate won the race for the the 60th District State Senate seat. Marc Panepinto won with 34 percent of the vote, Republican Kevin Stocker got 30 percent of the vote, Independent Mark Grisanti got 28 percent of the vote and Conservative Timothy Gallagher received eight percent of the vote.
Panepinto said, “We talked about raising the minimum wage to a living wage. We talked about protecting our waters from the dangers of hydrofracking.”
Congressional 26th district race
Update: Brian Higgins holds his seat in Congress.
Incumbent Democrat Brian Higgins was being challenged by Kathy Weppner, a recent entry to the field of politics.
Weppner was considered the underdog in the race, but she said she intended to gain votes by speaking for those who can’t speak for themselves due to an inequality of power.
Higgins has remained relatively quiet through the duration of the race.
Congressional 23rd district race
Update: Tom Reed held his seat in the 23rd district race.
After a mudslinging ad campaign, Incumbent Republican Tom Reed is faced down challenger Democrat Martha Robertson.
Although both have remained quiet despite aggressive advertising, Reed was favored to win.
State assembly, state house, three propositions, Attorney General and Comptroller
Voters across the state are selecting the state’s attorney general, comptroller, members of the state assembly and senate. They also approved all three propositions on the ballot.
These same voters are also deciding who will sit in the U.S. House of Representatives.
*Michael Ranzenhofer wins NYS Senate 61st district
*Robert Ortt wins NYS Senate 62nd district
*Timothy Kennedy wins NYS Senate 63rd district
*Stephen Hawley wins NYS Assembly 139th district
*Robin Schimminger wins NYS Assembly 140th district
*Angela Wozniak wins NYS Assembly 143rd district
*Raymond Walter wins NYS Assembly 146th district
*Sean Ryan wins NYS Assembly 149th district
*Andrew Goodell wins NYS Assembly 150th district
*Eric Schneiderman wins attorney general
*Thomas DiNapoli wins Comptroller
*Proposition One: Yes
*Proposition Two: Yes
*Proposition Three: Yes