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Election 2012: Westchester, Rockland and Hudson Valley

George Latimer, who announced victory in the New

George Latimer, who announced victory in the New York State Senate race against Bob Cohen, speaks as State Sen. Andrea Stewart-Cousins stands by at the Westchester Democrats election results party at Coliseum in White Plains. (Nov. 6, 2012) Photo Credit: Xavier Mascarenas

Westchester, Rockland and Hudson Valley voters on Election Day.

George Latimer, who announced victory in the New
Photo Credit: Xavier Mascarenas

George Latimer, who announced victory in the New York State Senate race against Bob Cohen, speaks as State Sen. Andrea Stewart-Cousins stands by at the Westchester Democrats election results party at Coliseum in White Plains. (Nov. 6, 2012)

New York State Sen. Andrea Stewart-Cousins congratulates George
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New York State Sen. Andrea Stewart-Cousins congratulates George Lattimer, who announced victory in the State Senate race against Bob Cohen, at the Westchester Democrats election results party in White Plains. (Nov. 6, 2012)

George Latimer, who announced victory in the New
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George Latimer, who announced victory in the New York State Senate race against Bob Cohen, speaks as State Sen. Andrea Stewart-Cousins stands by at the Westchester Democrats election results party at Coliseum in White Plains. (Nov. 6, 2012)

Congressman-elect Sean Patrick Maloney told supporters in his
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Congressman-elect Sean Patrick Maloney told supporters in his acceptance speech at the Teamsters Local 445 Union Hall in Rock Tavern Tuesday that he would work across party lines in Washington to improve the United States economy and conditions for the middle class. Maloney ousted incumbent Congresswoman Nan Hayworth. (Nov. 6, 2012)

Supporters celebrate as Sean Patrick Maloney speaks after
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Supporters celebrate as Sean Patrick Maloney speaks after his victory over Congresswoman Nan Hayworth during a Election Night party in Rock Tavern. (Nov. 6, 2012)

Antonella Pechtel celebrates Sean Patrick Maloney's upset of
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Antonella Pechtel celebrates Sean Patrick Maloney's upset of Congresswoman Nan Hayworth Tuesday at the Teamsters Local 445 Union hall in Rock Tavern. (Nov. 6, 2012)

Assemblywoman Annie Rabbitt is congratulated by Kathy Gerstner,
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Assemblywoman Annie Rabbitt is congratulated by Kathy Gerstner, of Warwick, at Murphy's Tavern in Greenwood Lakes. (Nov. 6, 2012)

Assemblywoman Annie Rabbitt is hugged by Matt Maloney
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Assemblywoman Annie Rabbitt is hugged by Matt Maloney as she awaits the election results with friends and family at Murphy's Tavern in Greenwood Lakes. (Nov. 6, 2012)

Assemblywoman Annie Rabbitt speaks with Deborah Sweeton as
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Assemblywoman Annie Rabbitt speaks with Deborah Sweeton as she awaits the election results with friends and family at Murphy's Tavern in Greenwood Lakes. (Nov. 6, 2012)

Congresswoman Nita Lowey laughs with supporters during the
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Congresswoman Nita Lowey laughs with supporters during the beginning of the Rockland Democratic Election Night party in Congers. (Nov. 6, 2012)

Party members and George Latimer supporters Manny Lampon
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Party members and George Latimer supporters Manny Lampon lifts Kathleen Purcell, both of Brooklyn, while celebrating a big night for Democrats at the Westchester Democrats election results party at the Coliseum in White Plains. (Nov. 6, 2012)

U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), left, husband Jonathan,
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U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), left, husband Jonathan, and sons Henry, 4, and Theodore, 8, celebrate on stage at New York State Democratic Headquarters after Gillbrand was predicted to win election for a full term Senartor in New York. (Nov. 6, 2012)

New York Senate candidate Bob Cohen hugs a
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New York Senate candidate Bob Cohen hugs a supporter while entering the Westchester GOP election results party at the Crown Plaza in White Plains. (Nov. 6, 2012)

People gather for the Rockland Democratic Election party
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People gather for the Rockland Democratic Election party in Congers. (Nov. 6, 2012)

Kelsey Dean of Rye with the Congressional candidate
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Kelsey Dean of Rye with the Congressional candidate Joe Carvin's campaign, right, talks with Tony O'Callaghan of Rye, a friend of Carvin, at the Westchester GOP election results party at the Crown Plaza in White Plains. (Nov. 6, 2012)

State Senator John Bonacic rallies the crowd's hopes
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State Senator John Bonacic rallies the crowd's hopes for republican victories Tuesday at the Election Night party hosted by Orange County republicans at Anthony's Pier 9 in Newburgh. (Nov. 6, 2012)

From right, Vivian Allen and Renate DeAngelis, American
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From right, Vivian Allen and Renate DeAngelis, American Gold Star mothers whose sons died in service, celebrate at the Orange County Republicans election night party at Anthony's Pier 9 in Newburgh. (Nov. 6, 2012)

Party members attend the Westchester GOP election results
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Party members attend the Westchester GOP election results party at the Crown Plaza in White Plains. (Nov. 6, 2012)

GOP general assembly member George Brunner of Larchmont
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GOP general assembly member George Brunner of Larchmont and Bob Cohen supporter Andrea Catalina of White Plains watch the presidential election results at the Westchester GOP election results party at the Crown Plaza in White Plains. (Nov. 6, 2012)

Meghan Wojcicki, 27, of West Nyack, votes at
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Meghan Wojcicki, 27, of West Nyack, votes at the West Nyack Elementary School. Wojcicki, a schoolteacher, feels educational funding is important to her in this election. (Nov. 6, 2012)

Elena Adams, left, and her twin borther Leo,
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Elena Adams, left, and her twin borther Leo, both 5, wait while their father, Jason, casts his vote at New Rochelle High School. (Nov. 6, 2012)

Rockaway resident and New York City firefighter Terence
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Rockaway resident and New York City firefighter Terence O'Donnell stands on sand among voting machines as he prepares to vote in a makeshift tent set up as a polling place at Scholars' Academy, PS 180, in the Rockaway in Queens. (Nov. 6, 2012)

Paul Sia, 4, holds his mother Aine's ballot
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Paul Sia, 4, holds his mother Aine's ballot at the West Nyack Elementary School. (Nov. 6, 2012)

Melissa Salgado, 23, of West Nyack, votes at
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Melissa Salgado, 23, of West Nyack, votes at Nyack Elementary school in Nyack. (Nov. 6, 2012)

Long lines and full voting booths at the
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Long lines and full voting booths at the city of Newburgh activity center on Election Day. (Nov. 6, 2012)

Residents of West Nyack vote at the West
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Residents of West Nyack vote at the West Nyack Elementary School. (Nov. 6, 2012)

Paul Sia, 4, waits as his mother votes
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Paul Sia, 4, waits as his mother votes at the West Nyack Elementary School. (Nov. 6, 2012)

Melissa Salgado, 23, of West Nyack, votes for
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Melissa Salgado, 23, of West Nyack, votes for the first time at the West Nyack Elementary School since becoming a U.S. citizen last year. (Nov. 6, 2012)

Meghan Wojcicki, 27, of West Nyack, votes at
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Meghan Wojcicki, 27, of West Nyack, votes at the West Nyack Elementary School. Wojcicki, who is a school teacher, feels that educational funding is important to her in this election. (Nov. 6, 2012)

GOP general assembly member George Brunner of Larchmont
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GOP general assembly member George Brunner of Larchmont and Bob Cohen supporter Andrea Catalina of White Plains watch the presidential election results at the Westchester GOP election results party at the Crown Plaza in White Plains. (Nov. 6, 2012)

A donation table fills with food at the
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A donation table fills with food at the Town and Country Caters, where the Rockland Democrats are hosting their Election Night Party in Congers. (Nov. 6, 2012)

Cianny Cabral, 7, watches as her father Victor's
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Cianny Cabral, 7, watches as her father Victor's ballot is cast Tuesday evening at the polling place at Massaro Park in Elmsford. It was the children's first time seeing the process. (Nov. 6, 2012)

The polling station at Eastview Middle School is
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The polling station at Eastview Middle School is the destination for several districts' voters in White Plains. (Nov. 6, 2012)

The polling station at Eastview Middle School, where
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The polling station at Eastview Middle School, where several districts have voting booths, is full of activity in White Plains. (Nov. 6, 2012)

Marko Cacevic, 50, of Nyack, left, helps Jason
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Marko Cacevic, 50, of Nyack, left, helps Jason Fitzmaurice, 64, of Piermont cast his vote at St. John's Catholic Church. (Nov. 6, 2012)

Joy Roman, 85, of White Plains exits while
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Joy Roman, 85, of White Plains exits while people cast their votes at Mamaroneck Avenue School in White Plains. (Nov. 6, 2012)

Voters cast their votes at Mamaroneck Ave. School
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Voters cast their votes at Mamaroneck Ave. School in White Plains. (Nov. 6, 2012)

Marilyn Taulman, 73, of Piermont hands Robert Deleone,
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Marilyn Taulman, 73, of Piermont hands Robert Deleone, 31, of Piermont a voter slip while Maria Mowerson, 80, of Tappan looks for a name at St. John's Catholic Church in Piermont. ( Nov. 6, 2012)

Volunteers help voters with check-in and ballots at
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Volunteers help voters with check-in and ballots at St. John's Catholic Church in Piermont. (Nov. 6, 2010)

Andrea Juliano, 35, left, of Piermont is advised
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Andrea Juliano, 35, left, of Piermont is advised by volunteer Maggie Flanigan, 63, of Piermont as she prepares to vote at St. John's Catholic Church in Piermont. With Juliano is her 16-month-old son Hudson. (Nov. 6, 2012).

Laura Straus, 45, is advised by Carole Nudelman,
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Laura Straus, 45, is advised by Carole Nudelman, 77, at St. John's Catholic Church in Piermont. (Nov. 6, 2012)

Lisa Gould, of Nyack, directs her children to
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Lisa Gould, of Nyack, directs her children to the ballot box at Grace Episcopal Church in Nyack. Maya, 3, holds the ballot while her 1-year-old brother William follows along. (Nov. 6, 2012)

Monika Filipczykova, of Nyack, fills out her election
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Monika Filipczykova, of Nyack, fills out her election ballot at Grace Episcopal Church in Nyack while her son, Jake Sussex, 16 months old, waits for her. (Nov. 6, 2012)

Voter Negra Gomez, left, of Nyack, signs in
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Voter Negra Gomez, left, of Nyack, signs in while volunteers help her. The volunteers from left are Elliot Friefeld, of Piermont, Dan White, of Nyack, Gunner Svalland, of Pearl River, and Fred Lewis, of Orangeburg. (Nov. 6, 2012)

Letty Figueroa helps Mary Smith, both from Nyack,
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Letty Figueroa helps Mary Smith, both from Nyack, with casting her vote at Grace Episcopal Church in Nyack.

Voters cast their ballots Tuesday morning at a
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Voters cast their ballots Tuesday morning at a busy St. John's Church in Piermont. (Nov. 6, 2012)

Voters cast their ballots on Election Day morning
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Voters cast their ballots on Election Day morning at a busy St. John's Church in Piermont. (Nov. 6, 2012)

A woman votes at New Rochelle High School.
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A woman votes at New Rochelle High School. (Nov. 6, 2012)

Brendan Conroy in front of New Rochelle High
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Brendan Conroy in front of New Rochelle High School, where he voted. (Nov. 6, 2012)

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