Last night shows every sign of being a wave election with Democratic gubernatorial wins in New Jersey and Virginia, and strong Democratic outcomes in state legislative races and local offices across the nation.

This national trend held true in New York as well.

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio will hold office for another four years after defeating Republican Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis.

Westchester County: Republican two-term incumbent County Executive Rob Astorino was handily defeated by Democratic State Senator George Latimer;

Nassau County: Democratic County Legislator Laura Curran appears to have squeaked ahead of Republican former State Senator Jack Martins in a close race.

The victories put Democrats in control of two of the State’s largest counties for the first time in years. Both counties are often viewed as statewide and national political bellwethers, indicating potential future voting patterns.

2017 Ballot Propositions:

Prop 1: Voters across the State overwhelmingly voted against convening a State Constitutional Convention, with more than 75 percent of voters rejecting the proposal. The question will appear again on election ballots in 2037.

Prop 2: Giving judges the discretion to strip public officials who are convicted of certain crimes of their state pension(s) was easily approved.

Prop 3: Adding a 250 acre land bank to the State Forests Preserves, and allowing Adirondack and Catskill communities the ability to conduct minor municipal projects without needing to individually amend the state constitution for each individually appears to have been approved by a small margin.

Erie County: Republicans fared well countywide. Incumbents, Comptroller Stefan Mychajliw and Sheriff Tim Howard, were both reelected. Democratic Assemblyman Mickey Kearns was victorious running as the Republican endorsed candidate for County Clerk.

Mayor Byron Brown won an impressive fourth term as chief executive of the Queen City.

The Erie County Legislature will likely flip to Democratic Control.

Syracuse Mayor: Independent Candidate Ben Walsh cruised to victory in a multi-candidate race to become the next Mayor of Syracuse. Walsh’s family has long been a GOP powerhouse in Central New York.

Monroe County: Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren easily won reelection to a second term. Longtime GOP Sheriff Patrick O’Flynn was defeated by Republican-turned-Democrat Todd Baxter in something of an upset.

Broome County: Republican Rich David easily won reelection to another term as Mayor of Binghamton.

Rensselaer County: Republican Assemblyman Steven McLaughlin defeated Democrat Andrea Smyth in the contest to replace longtime Republican incumbent Kathy Jimino.

Rockland County: Republican Ed Day won reelection as County Executive.

State Legislators Who Won Other Offices:

A number of state legislators won local offices yesterday, which will create vacancies in their state legislative seats when they take office in January 2018.

In addition to Senator Latimer (37th Senate District) and Assemblyman McLaughlin (107th Assembly District), the following state legislators were elected to other offices:

  • Assemblyman Chad Lupinacci (R) – 10th Assembly District – Supervisor, Town of Huntington;
  • Assemblyman Al Graf (R) 5th Assembly District – District Court Judge
  • Assemblyman Tom McKevitt (R) 17th Assembly District – Nassau County Legislator
  • Assemblyman Francisco Moya (D) 39th Assembly District – New York City Council
  • Assemblyman Brian Kavanagh (D) 74th Assembly District – New York State Senate
  • Assemblyman Mark Gjonaj (D) 80th Assembly District New York City Council
  • Assemblyman Mickey Kearns (D) 142nd Assembly District – Erie County Clerk
  • State Senator Ruben Diaz (D) 32nd Senate District — New York City Council

For the time being the elections of Sens. George Latimer and Reuben Diaz to local office gives the Senate Republican Conference an outright majority in the State Senate. The Governor is permitted to call a special election to fill these vacancies, though he is not required to do so. If he chooses not to do so, the vacancies will be filled at the 2018 general election.