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Democrats Came Within Inches of Wins in four other key New York Races; NYC Share of Statewide Vote Surged From ’14

The New York State Board of Elections certified final election results for November 6th this past Friday, Dec. 14th ( about time!!). I pointed out in a recent article that the Democratic Party had a number of very close victories, especially in State Senate races, this past fall. But they came within inches in a few other races. And New York City’s share of the total statewide vote increased dramatically from 2014.

Here are the results taken from the State Board’s new postings:

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Democratic challenger Nate McMurray, the supervisor of the Town of Grand Island, only lost by 1,087 votes out of 279,000 votes against indicted Republican Chris Collins. Collins won by four-tenths of one percent. Collins’ Federal insider trading trial date has been scheduled for February 2020 by U.S. District Judge Vernon Broderick.


Incumbent Republican State Senator Susan Serino survived a Democratic wave in the Hudson Valley, winning by less than 700 votes out of 118,000 cast. The Republicans lost a Congressional seat and two State Senate seats to the Democrats in the Hudson Valley on Nov. 6. She won by six-tenths of one percent.

In the Syracuse area, Republican Robert Antonacci won the seat held by retiring Republican Senator John DeFrancisco, by just over 2,000 votes, 51-49%.

Incumbent Republican Phil Boyle from Suffolk County withstood a challenge from Democrat Lou D’Amaro, winning 52%-48% and more than three thousand votes. Democrats won four seats on Long Island. Across the State, Democrats won three Congressional seats and 8 State Senate seats from Republicans.

New York City residents saw their share of the total statewide vote surge from 26.5% on the Governor’s line in 2014 to 34.2% on Nov.6th. The City turnout was 2.087 million of the nearly 6.1 million votes statewide. In 2014 City turnout was 1 million of 3.8 million. The New York City Board of Elections posted its results about two weeks ago; the State Board caught up Friday, Dec. 14th, so that the City’s statewide share could be determined.

Jim Brennan was a member of the New York State Assembly for 32 years and retired at the end of 2016. He chaired four committees, including the Assembly Committee on Corporations, Authorities, and Commissions for six years, the Committee on Cities for five years, and the Committee on Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities for six years. There are 96 Brennan laws on the books of the State of New York and Jim won three national awards for his legislative work during his career.

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