Cuomo says "mandate is to clean up Albany," balance in state Senate not yet clear, Gibson beats Murphy, owner of Miss Albany Diner passes away

Here's a quick scan of statewide and locally-relevant election results.

Said Andrew Cuomo last night following his big win in the race for governor: "The mandate tonight is to clean up Albany and to have elected officials who represent the people of this state and not the special interests, and not the lobbyists." Cuomo's margin of victory -- roughly 27 points -- ranks among the largest in state history. Cuomo becomes the first son of a New York governor to also be elected to the job. Last night Mario said his son is facing a serious challenge: "I can't imagine this being any harder than it's going to be." [NYT] [TU] [NYT] [State of Politics] [Daily Politics]

Carl Paladino said during his concession speech that he won't be running for office again, but "You have not heard the last of Carl Paladino." And he offered Andrew Cuomo use of his baseball bat. [Buffalo News] [State of Politics]

The makeup of the state Senate is unclear as the outcome of a few races in the closely split chamber were still undetermined this morning. An even 31-31 split is possible. [NYT] [TU]

Chris Gibson (R) beat incumbent Scott Murphy (D) in the NY20 Congressional District. In his victory speech, Gibson said he would be pursuing fiscally conservative, business-friendly legislation in Congress. And he threw a bone to Murphy: "Scott was a very successful businessman and, come January, he is going to part of the vanguard of small business owners that are going to be part of the solution." [TU] [YNN] [Saratogian]

The Republican Party picked up five (possibly six) Congressional seats in New York. [State of Politics]

Tom DiNapoli (D) beat Harry Wilson (R) in a very tight race for state comptroller. [NYT]

Gripping tightly to whatever coattails Andrew Cuomo might have had -- and thanks to strong union support downtstate -- Eric Schneiderman (D) beat Dan Donovan (R) for state attorney general. [TU] [NYT]

Paul Tonko (D) called for consensus building in his victory speech after beating Ted Danz (R) for re-election to the NY 21st Congressional District. [Troy Record]

Roy McDonald (R) in his victory speech, following his win over Joanne Yepsen (D) for the 43rd state Senate district: "We showed the people across this state that you can win by being a decent person." [Saratogian]

Hugh Farley (R) following his win (18th consecutive) over Sue Savage (D) for 44th state Senate district: "This was the meanest, nastiest campaign I ever faced..." [Daily Gazette]

The race for the 109th Assembly district between Bob Reilly and Jennifer Whalen (R) is headed for a count of a the absentee ballots. [TU]

It looks like incumbent state assemblyman Tim Gordon (I) lost the race of the 108th Assembly district to Steve McLaughlin (R). [TU]

Jim Tedisco was elected to the state Assembly for the 15th time. [Saratogian]

The Green Party got enough votes for governor to secure a spot on the next ballot. [State of Politics]

The new voting machines appeared to work smoothly around the Capital Region. [Daily Gazette]

Law enforcement officials allegedly seized about 100 pounds of pot during a raid last week in Mechanicville. [Daily Gazette]

The Stanford Mansion in Niskayuna is scheduled to be moved today. [CBS6]

Microsoft's lead researcher was at RPI yesterday to demonstrate the company's new Kinect technology ("machine vision" for the xBox). [TU]

Clifford Brown, the owner of the Miss Albany Diner, passed away. He was 83. [TU]


Have you guys heard anything about voter turnout? Such as age breakdown? Can't find anything on this topic.

Hugh Farley may be the thinnest skinned elected official in NYS. in using his victory speech to denounce the nastiness of the campaign. When he defeated Brian Stratton back in 2000 (the last election he faced a challenger), he also complained about the campaign. I'm all for a certain level of civility in politics, but I think both the 2000 and 2010 campaigns were honest campaigns about issues and voting records.

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