Democrat Poloncarz wins Erie Co. exec
Voters went to the polls Wednesday to mark their selections in a number of contests, including county executive races in seven counties statewide.
In the Buffalo area, Democratic County Comptroller Mark Poloncarz defeated Republican incumbent Erie County Executive Chris Collins. Polls had shown the two men running dead even into the final days of the campaign.
Police had been investigating possible ballot tampering in that race while voters and campaigns had complained about trickery surrounding automated calls. Democratic Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo had endorsed Poloncarz while former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani supported Collins.
In the state's other county executive contests, Republican Debbie Preston defeated Democrat Patrick Brennan in Broome County. In Dutchess County, Republican Marcus Molinaro beat Democrat Daniel French. In Monroe County, Republican Maggie Brooks defeated Democrat Sandra Frankel. In Oneida County, Republican Anthony Picente beat Conservative Rodger Potocki. In Albany County, Democrat Daniel P. McCoy defeated write-in candidate Benzie Johnson. McCoy's Republican opponent, Nathan Lebron, had bowed out of the race in August.
In New York City's Supreme Court races, six seats were to be filled in District 2 Brooklyn, with Republican David Friedman and Democrats Lawrence Knipel, Betsy Barros, Carl Landicino, Rachel Adams and Johnny Baynes capturing the seats, while Conservative Paul Atanasio and Conservative Renata Landskind lost.
Six judges were to be elected for District 11 Queens, with Democrats Janice Taylor, Allan Weiss, Rudolph E. Greco, Timothy Dufficy, Pam Jackman-Brown and Ira H. Margulis pulling ahead, while Republicans Robert Beltrani, Gabriel Tapalaga, Joseph Kasper, Republican Kate Christoforatos, Milton Florez and John Casey falling behind.