On Tuesday, November 5, New Yorkers visited the polls to elect public officials to various local, county, and other offices.
Odd-numbered years are considered “off years” in New York because statewide officials, U.S. Senators, members of the U.S. House of Representatives, and members of the state legislature are typically elected in even-numbered years. However, elections in “off years” are still important.
In Western New York, a special election was held to fill a vacancy in Senate District 57. Sen. Cathy Young (R-Olean) resigned from her post in March to take another job. Republican Chautauqua County Executive George Borrello trounced 22-year-old Democratic candidate Austin Morgan in the conservative-leaning district.
In New York City, incumbent Public Advocate Jumaane Williams (D) easily dispatched Republican Joe Borelli to win re-election to the remainder to which now-Attorney General Letitia James was elected in 2017. New York City voters also passed a city charter amendment allowing ranked-choice voting, which will “allow voters to rank candidates running for city office in order of preference” in city primaries and special elections.
Several county executives, including Dutchess County Executive and 2018 Republican gubernatorial candidate Marc Molinaro, were re-elected; however, Republican Monroe County Executive Cheryl Dinolfo was defeated by Democrat Adam Bello.
The little-known Libertarian Party made some noise in Broome County on Election Day. Running for District Attorney on the Libertarian line, Michael Korchak led Republican Paul Battisti by 122 votes as of this writing. The outcome of the race remains in doubt pending the counting of absentee ballots.