2018 Election

Democrats who will run the state Senate in January say a top priority will be to expand access to voting in New York. Advocates say there are several steps they can take.

The incoming Senate leader, Andrea Stewart-Cousins, said New York is one of the last states in the nation that hasn’t expanded voting beyond Election Day. She said that by the next presidential election in 2020, that will change and New Yorkers will have more options to vote early and eventually, vote by mail from home.

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The New York State Senate made history on two fronts Monday as it elected Andrea Stewart-Cousins to be the first woman, and the first African-American woman, to head the chamber in January.

Stewart-Cousins, who has led the Democrats in the Senate since 2012, is poised to become the Senate’s next majority party leader after Democrats won 40 seats in November’s elections. She was a teacher and a journalist before being elected to represent Yonkers in the Westchester County Legislature.


(WXXI News & AP) Although 27th Congressional District Rep. Chris Collins declared victory on Tuesday as the recounting continued in that race that the Republican lawmaker had with Democrat Nate McMurray, the challenger does not appear ready to concede at this point.

McMurray issued a statement on Wednesday  saying that the Erie County Board of Elections is working to complete its counting of votes. He says right now (as of midday on Wednesday), the difference is less than .5%, a margin that he says in many counties and states would trigger an automatic recount.

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Indicted Republican U.S. Rep. Chris Collins declared victory Tuesday in his western New York district, saying a count of absentee ballots preserved his lead over Democratic challenger Nate McMurray.

"Congressman Collins led and won on election night and maintained that lead during the entire recanvassing process," Collins' campaign spokeswoman Natalie Baldassarre said in a statement.

Senate GOP Leader John Flanagan was re-elected as the leader of the Republicans in that chamber on Friday, surviving a challenge from upstate Sen. Cathy Young of Olean.

But come January, he’ll be in charge of the minority party. In elections earlier this month, Democrats won enough seats to take control of the Senate for only the third time in the last century. 


It is now Congressman Joe Morelle. The Irondequoit Democrat was sworn into office Tuesday night before the House of Representatives by Speaker Paul Ryan,  filling the seat previously held by Louise Slaughter (D-Fairport), who held that seat for three decades. She died last March.

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There are new numbers in from the Monroe County Board of Elections, and they show that Democrat Fatimat Reid will win a Family Court Judge position in the county.

The latest numbers released on Tuesday included additional absentee ballots, as well as affidavit and overseas ballots.

Reid edged Republican Nicole Bayly, who originally had a slight lead on election night. Reid’s latest vote tally as of Tuesday showed her with 833 more votes than Bayly, 134,930 to 134,097.

Center for Disability Rights

Rochester's Center for Disability Rights has started sorting through what the organization’s systems advocate Ericka Jones called a "bumpy" Election Day.

Jones spent the day tracking problems that people with disabilities encountered at polling sites. She said complaints around specially designed voting machines called “ballot-marking devices” came up often.

NYS Senate

Democrats are claiming control of the New York State Senate, with several seats now leaning toward the party’s candidates.

In a statement late Tuesday night, Senate Democratic Leader Andrea Stewart Cousins said while the results of some elections are still being determined,  “at least 32 Senate Democratic Conference members have already won election tonight.” Elections have not yet been called in many races, but Democrats say they could have as many as 39 seats, several more than the minimum needed to rule the chamber.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo was awarded a third term in office by voters, who chose him by a wide margin over his opponents.

Cuomo, in a speech to supporters, said he hopes to “vindicate” the trust New Yorkers have placed in him by electing him to another four-year term. Cuomo promised a continuation of the policies he’s championed in his first eight years in office, including more progressive issues, like equality for women and strengthening unions.

But he also said he will continue his more fiscally conservative polices, like holding the line on taxes and state spending.