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The county backs Gillibrand

Wednesday, November 14, 2012 - Updated: 8:11 AM


Express Editor

LAKE PLEASANT - Hamilton County went Republican all the way in last week’s elections, except for the U.S. Senate, where voters chose incumbent Kristen Gillibrand over “Reagan Republican” New York City attorney Wendy Long.

Gillibrand also won statewide, taking 72 percent of the vote and carrying 60 of the 62 counties. She was first elected in 2010 to fill the last two years of Hillary Clinton’s term, after being appointed by Gov. David Paterson to the position in January of 2009.

Clinton resigned to become the United States secretary of state. U.S. senators are elected to six-year terms.

Republican Matt Doheny of Watertown conceded the tight race for congressman in the new 21st District shortly after midnight Nov. 7.

At that time incumbent Bill Owens, a Plattsburgh Democrat first elected in 2009, was leading with 93 percent of the vote in. About 16,000 absentee ballots were still out across the district.

As of Thursday Owens had 115,131 or 50 percent of the votes to Doheny’s 110,449 or 48 percent. Green Party candidate Donald Hassig had 3,358 or 1 percent.

Doheny carried eight of the 12 counties in the district, but Owens did particularly well in Clinton, Essex and Franklin counties. He also took St. Lawrence County.


Two faces familiar to residents of Hamilton County, state Sen. Hugh Farley and Assemblyman Marc Butler, won both in Hamilton County and in their districts. Hamilton County will move into the new 49th Senate District and the new 118th Assembly District Jan. 1.

Farley, who has enjoyed majority party status during his entire career in the NYS Senate, may find himself in the minority party once the winners of several close races are determined.

In the race to fill four seats on the NYS Supreme Court in the Fourth Judicial District three Republicans and one Democrat are the apparent winners: incumbent Joseph Sise of Montgomery County, Democrat Schenectady Family County Judge Christine Clark, litigation attorney Thomas Buchanan of Schenectady County and Montgomery County Court Judge Felix Catena.

That could change, as the fourth and fifth place finishers were just 61 votes apart Friday. Sise had 156,930 votes, followed by Clark with 144,645, Buchanan with 139,104 and Catena with 135,616. Republican John Ellis of Tupper Lake had 135,555 votes, just 61 less than Catena.

Thousands of absentee ballots are outstanding in the 11 counties of the 4th Judicial District, so the race might not be decided until later this month during recanvassing.

NYS Supreme Court justices serve 14-year terms. After three years of raises starting this year they will earn $174,000 annually.

Here are the unofficial election results from the Hamilton County Board of Elections.

President: former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney (R) 1,652; President Barack Obama (D) 955. Obama won nationwide.

U.S. Senator: Kristen Gillibrand (D) 1,507; Wendy Long (R) 1,221.

Representative in Congress: Matt Doheny (R) 1,555; Bill Owens (D) 897.

NYS Senator: Hugh Farley (R) 1,826; Madelyn Thorne (D) 612.

Assembly: Marc Butler (R) 1,748; Joseph Chilelli (D) 647.

NYS Supreme Court: Joseph Sise (R) 2,190; Thomas Buchanan (R) 1,483; John Ellis (R) 1,462; Felix Catena (R) 1,410; Christine Clark (D) 809; John Silvestri (D) 756; Mark Powers (D) 696; Jeffrey (D) Wait 677.

Election commissioners Cathleen Rogers and Marie Buanno said 488 absentee ballots were issued and 420 had been received as of Election Day. Absentee ballots had to be postmarked by Nov. 5 and received by Nov. 13.


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