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PEF endorsed statewide candidates – 2016 results

Sent on Behalf of President Spence
Dear PEF Leaders, In the highly anticipated New York State Senate races yesterday, it appears the Republicans will maintain control of the Legislature’s upper house and may even strengthen their majority by one seat. Over the last few months, Senate Republicans held 31 of the 63 seats, but were aided by independent-minded Senator Simcha Felder caucusing with them, as well as the 5-member Independent Democratic Conference (IDC) supporting them.

It now appears that the Republicans gained a seat in the Buffalo-areas SD-60, which was an open seat after embattled Senator Marc Panepinto decided not to seek re-election. Erie Co. Clerk Chris Jacobs won that race.

There are two Senate races on Long Island where the Democrats are not conceding defeat, however. In SD-5 incumbent Senator Carl Marcellino is holding onto a 2,500-vote lead.  In SD-8, incumbent Michael Venditto,  is now trailing by 33 votes. If Venditto were to lose, the Senate would be in the same position it has been in since April. If Venditto is victorious, the Republicans would have a majority by themselves, plus support from Felder and the IDC.

Also of note is that the IDC will gain two new members to bring its total to seven in January. Newly elected Senator Marisol Alcantara will be joining the Independent Conference. “Mainline” Democrat Sen. Jesse Hamilton recently announced he would also be joining the IDC.

PEF endorsed nearly all of the Senate winners. A few notable exceptions where we lost included endorsing Terry Gipson (D) over incumbent winner Sue Serino (R) in SD-41 and Tom Loughran (D) over incumbent winner Michael Ranzenhofer (R) in SD-61.  We did not make any endorsements in SD-36 (Bailey-D), SD-40 (Murphy-R) and SD-42 (Bonacic-R).

For the NYS Assembly, it appears the Democratic majority picked up one additional seat, giving them a 107-43 advantage.  All incumbents were re-elected with the exception of AD-145, where John Ceretto (D) was defeated by Angelo Morinello (R). Assemblyman Ceretto recently switched parties from Republican to Democrat.  In addition, he was accused of using his public office for political business and using local funding to help political allies.

Besides AD-145, there were only five other races where the PEF-endorsed candidate was not successful.  In the open seat of AD-20, Melissa Miller (R) defeated Anthony Eramo (D).  In open AD-94, Kevin Byrne (R) beat Brian Higbie (D).  In open AD-101, Brian Miller (R) beat Arlene Feldmeier (D).  In AD-124, Incumbent Chris Friend (R) won over challenger Bill Bastrowny (D).  Finally, incumbent Raymond Walter (R) defeated Steven Meyer (D) in AD-146.

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2016 Congressional endorsements election results
• 2016 Assembly endorsements election results
• 2016 Senate endorsements election results

Notable Congressional Race Winners: (*) PEF Supported: 
U.S. House  – 1st District
Lee M. Zeldin (R) Winner
59%174,682 Votes
Anna Throne-Holst (D)*

U.S. House  – 2nd District
Peter T. King (C R TRP Ref)
62%171,132 Votes – Winner
DuWayne Gregory (D)*
38% – 103,261 Votes

U.S. House – 3rd District
Thomas R. Suozzi (D)*
53%146,457 Votes- Winner
Jack M. Martins (R)
47% – 131,718 Votes

U.S. House – 4th District
Kathleen M. Rice (D)*
59%173,796 Votes-Winner
David Gurfein (R)
41% – 118,821 Votes

U.S. House District 19 Upper Hudson Valley
John Faso, GOP 142,088 – 54 percent-Winner
Zephyr Teachout, Dem*
119,802 – 46 percent

U.S. House District 22 Central, Utica
Claudia Tenney, GOP 120,777 – 47 percent-Winner
Kim Myers, Dem*
103,955 – 40 percent

U.S. House District 23 Southern Tier West
Thomas Reed, GOP (i) 143,880 – 58 percent -Winner
John Plumb, Dem*
105,140 – 42 percent

U.S. House District 24 West Central, Syracuse
John Katko, GOP (i) -Winner
169,418 – 61 percent
Colleen Deacon, Dem*
108,485 – 39 percent

U.S. House District 25
Louise Slaughter, Dem (i)
169,179 – 56 percent-Winner*
Mark Assini, GOP
134,285 – 44 percent

U.S. House  –
District 21 Northern part of state
Elise Stefanik, GOP (i)-Winner
164,792 – 66 percent
Mike Derrick, Dem*
73,024 – 29 percent

District 27 Buffalo/Rochester
Chris Collins, GOP (i)
194,432 – 68 percent-Winner
Diana Kastenbaum, Dem*
92,123 – 32 percent