Tuesday, November 2nd was the General Election, and Republicans had a better night than expected, winning several races downstate. Some of the most notable election results of the night include:
- Eric Adams easily defeated Curtis Sliwa in his race for Mayor of New York City.
- Jumaane Williams, who last weekfiled paperwork for a gubernatorial run, won his race for another term as NYC Public Advocate.
- Democrat Brad Lander coasted to victory in his race for NYC Comptroller, replacing Scott Stringer.
- The New York City Council saw historic changes, with Republicans holding onto their three seats, picking up a fourth, and remaining competitive in three outstanding races. One of the outstanding races is for District 43, held by Democrat Councilman Justin Brannan. Brannan, who was recently discussed as possibly being the next City Council Speaker, is currently behind his Republican Challenger, Brian Fox, by 255 votes. Brannan remains confident that after all absentee ballots are counted, he will emerge victorious.
- Cordell Cleare won his race for State Senate District 30, formerly held by now Lieutenant Governor Brian Benjamin.
- Yudelka Tapia will replace Victor Pichardo in Assembly District 86 after running unopposed.
- Republicans had big wins on Long Island with Bruce Blakeman declaring victory over Democratic incumbent Laura Curren for Nassau County Executive, and Democrat incumbent Tim Sini losing his reelection bid for Suffolk County Executive to Republican Ray Tierney. Also, Democratic Senator Todd Kaminsky was unsuccessful in his race for Nassau County District Attorney, losing to Republican Anne Donnelly.
- In what was perhaps the most-watched race in the State, it looks that India Walton has lost her bid for Mayor of Buffalo, with Write-In votes gaining 59% of the vote. It is expected that a majority of the Write-In votes will be for incumbent Mayor Byron Brown, winning him another term.
Also notable on election night were the results of the five ballot measures put before New Yorkers. While measures two, which added the right to clean air, water and a healthful environment to the State Constitution, and five, which raised NYC Civil Court limit to claims up to $50,000, were approved by voters, the other three amendments were voted down. The measures that failed included measure one, which would have made various changes to the State’s redistricting process, measure three, which would have allowed the Legislature to pass Same-Day voter registration, and measure four, which would have allowed the Legislature to pass no-excuse absentee voting.