Dr. Terrence Murphy — 40th Senate District (parts of Westchester, Putnam and Dutchess counties)

Republican Dr. Terrence Murphy, a chiropractor and restaurant owner, was elected to replace fellow Republican Greg Ball, who decided not to run for re-election.  Murphy has served on the Yorktown Town Board.

His legislative priorities include environmental protection, ending the Common Core education curriculum, cutting taxes, supporting projects and infrastructure improvements that create jobs, combatting illegal drugs and holding public utilities accountable.

Marc Panepinto — 60th Senate District(part of Erie County)

Democrat Marc Panepinto won one of the most contested races in the state – a four-way race in which the incumbent was on a minor party line.  Panepinto won with 34 percent of the vote, Republican Kevin Stocker got 30 percent of the vote, and incumbent Republican Mark Grisanti (running on the Independence Party line after losing a GOP primary) got 28 percent of the vote.

Panepinto is an attorney; he practices personal injury and Workers’ Compensation law.  Before becoming an attorney, he worked as a union organizer.

His legislative priorities include establishing and maintaining a living wage, ending corporate tax breaks, job creation, improving worker safety and “ending the privatization of public education.”