Your midterm elections roundup
Cyril Josh Barker | 11/8/2018, midnight
Tuesday’s midterm elections set records, made history and broke glass ceilings at all levels of government, including local, state and national.
History was made Tuesday as current Public Advocate Letitia James was elected New York State’s first Black attorney general. She defeated her Republican opponent Keith Wofford, taking more than 60 percent of the vote.
“Tonight we made history,” James said. “This is a night for justice, a night for our future. I am proud to be a New Yorker who knows it’s our diversity, strength, courage and determination that makes us great. As your attorney general I promise to fight for all of us.”
Along with being the state’s first Black attorney general, she is also the first woman elected to the seat. James won a special election after former Attorney General Eric Schneiderman resigned in May amid accusations by three women of sexual and physical abuse.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo follows in his father’s footsteps, getting a third term as governor and beating GOP candidate Marc Molinaro. Cuomo took nearly 60 percent of the vote.
“I am humbled by the support of New Yorkers. I’m gratified by their trust. I will work every day to vindicate the confidence the people have put in me,” Cuomo said in his victory speech. “We understand in New York that being progressive isn’t a label or a symbol but means getting the job done.”
State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli also held on to his seat, defeating Republican Jonathan Tritcher and taking more than 66 percent of the vote.
Securing her seat in the U.S. Senate, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand got 66 percent of the vote to beat GOP candidate Chele Farley.
While Democrats were hoping for a “Blue Wave” on the national stage, Democrats took back the House getting 210 seats with Republicans getting only 197. However, the GOP held on to the Senate, getting the 50 seats needed to take control while Democrats took 44 seats.
Several State Assembly members were elected, including Clyde Vanel, Rodneyse Bichotte, Latrice Walker, Charles Barron, Michael Blake and Carl Heastie. State senators Kevin Parker, Robert Jackson and Jamal Bailey remain in their seats.
Newcomer to the State Senate is attorney Zellnor Myrie, who defeated incumbent Jesse Hamilton in the primary and Tuesday’s general election.
Across the state several Black congressional members held on to their seats, including Hakeem Jeffries and Yvette Clark. However, it’s newcomer Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez who is making waves and history as she becomes the youngest woman at age 29 elected to Congress.
Taking nearly 80 percent of the vote, Ocasio-Cortez will represent New York’s 14th Congressional District, which includes the East Side of Manhattan, Roosevelt Island and several neighborhoods in Queens. The district is 50 percent Latino.
“This is what is possible when everyday people come together in the collective realization that all our actions, no matter how small or how large, are powerful, worthwhile and capable of lasting change,” Ocasio-Cortez said at her victory party.