Cuomo Cruises to Primary Victory, Upset in Town of Binghamton
The Associated Press reports New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has easily beaten back a primary challenge from activist and actress Cynthia Nixon.
He thwarted her attempt to become the latest insurgent liberal to knock off an establishment Democrat 66%to Nixon’s 34%.
In his moment of victory Thursday night, Cuomo was oddly silent, skipping his own election-night party in Manhattan to celebrate with family at the governor's mansion in Albany. He put out a tweet that said simply "Thank You New York." His campaign declined to issue a statement.
Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul as defeated Jumaane Williams 53% to 47%.
Another hotly contested statewide democratic primary was for state attorney general. Letitia James, a longtime New York City politician with ties to both the state's underclass and its elites, has beaten three other candidates and now she is turning her sights on the man she saw as her real opponent: President Donald Trump.
The 59-year-old former public defender would become the first black woman to hold a statewide elected office in New York if she prevails in the general election, where she will be heavily favored. The winner in November will inherit several pending lawsuits filed by the state that challenge Trump's policies and accuse his charitable foundation of breaking the law.
In the 122nd Assembly District, Incumbent Clifford Crouch has won the Republican Primary over newcomer, Nicholas Libous, son of the late New York State Senator Thomas Libous.
In the closely watched double primaries in the Town of Union to pick a successor to outgoing Supervisor Rose Sotack, Richard Materese has won the Democratic race over Frank Palmisano with Trustee Frank Bertoni a more narrow victor over Kenneth Del Bianco on the Republican ticket 51 % to 49%.
In the Town of Fenton, where a gas transfer station development dominated board meetings for months, Gary Holcomb has won the Republican primary over Bill Bowie 67% to 33%. Two trustee seats are also to be filled with Republican primary winners Thomas Moss and Michael Husar over Jason Pepples. In the Town of Binghamton, Elizabeth Rounds is the apparent Republican primary winner over Incumbent Timothy Whitesell 55% to 45%.