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New York State Elections: Dems Take Top Three

Originally Posted: November 02, 2010

Nicole A. Flotteron

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Election 2010 not final yet for two East End politicans.

Southampton - The new voting system is being cited as one of the reasons poll results were historically slow to be tabulated and reported this year, however, Democrats took an early and victorious lead in the race for Governor and U.S. Senate seats, thus allowing Democrats to retain enough Senate seats for control of the chamber, despite losing control of the House of Representatives.

In his victory speech, Governor Elect Cuomo stated "Yes, we are upstate and downstate - but we are one state because we are New York, yes we are black and white, and we are brown, but we are one state because we are New York; yes we are rich, and we are poor, but we are one state; yes we are gay and we are straight, but we are one state - New York state."

Tim Bishop addresses supporters last evening at the Marriott Hotel in Islandia. (Nicole Flotteron)


Steve Israel won his race. (Nicole Flotteron)

 • Governor
Andrew Cuomo (D, I, WF)

 • New York State Attorney General
Eric Schneiderman (D, I, WF)

 • New York State Comptroller
Thomas DiNapoli (D, WF)

 • U.S. Senate (Full Term)
Charles Schumer (D, I, WF) (Class 3)

 • U.S. Senate (Unexpired Term)
Kirsten Gillibrand (D, I, WF) (Class 1)

 • U.S. Congress (District 2)
Steve Israel (D, I, WF)

 • U.S. Congress (District 3)
Peter King (R, I, C, TRP)

 • U.S. Congress (District 4)
Carolyn McCarthy (D, WF)

 • U.S. Congress (District 5)
Gary Ackerman (D, I, WF)

The fate and future of Assemblyman Marc Alessi (seen here at a dedication last summer) will also be determined by absentee ballots. (Eileen Casey)

 • New York Senate (District 1)
Kenneth LaValle (R, I, C, STR)

 • New York State Senate (District 2)
John Flanagan (R, I, C)

 • New York State Senate (District 3)
Lee Zeldin (R, I, C)

 • New York State Senate (District 4)
Owen Johnson (R, I, C)

 • New York State Senate (District 5)
Carl Marcellino (R, I, C, TRP)

 • New York State Senate (District 6)
Kemp Hannon (R, I, C, TRP)

 • New York State Senate (District 7)
Jack Martins (R, I, C)

 • New York State Senate (District 8)
Charles Fuschillo Jr. (R, I, C, TRP)

 • New York State Senate (District 9)
Dean Skelos (R, I, C, TRP)

 • New York State Assembly - District 2
Fred Thiele Jr. (D, I, WF)

Rich Schaffer in Islandia last evening. (Nicole Flotteron)

 • Suffolk County Comptroller
Joseph Sawicki, Jr. (D, R, I, C, STR)

 • Suffolk County Clerk
Judith Pascale (D, R, I, C, STR)

 • Shelter Island Town Justice
Mary-Faith Healey (D)


 • U.S. Congress - District 1*
Timothy Bishop (D, I, WF) - 51%
Randy Altschuler (R, C) - 49%

*Unofficial results from the Suffolk County Board of Elections show Bishop winning by only 3,500 votes, however, the final determination will be based on absentee ballots. Bishop's district on the East End includes Orient to Smithtown on the North Shore, and Montauk to Patchogue on the South Shore.

Congressman Tim Bishop issued the following statement: "I am grateful to the residents of Suffolk County for continuing to put their faith and confidence in me to serve them. While there are still votes to be counted, I am very optimistic my margin will not only hold up, but will grow. I have been in both the majority and minority and have been able to be effective for Suffolk County in each. Additionally, I have always said that some of the most important work a Congressman does is to help solve the everyday problems of Long Islanders, and that has nothing to do with the balance of power in Washington. This was a remarkable victory in a terrible political climate against an opponent who spent more than $3 million of his own money and more than $750,000 in attack ads from anonymous special interests. While I respect Randy Altschuler's right to wait to concede until all the absentee ballots are counted, I will use every means at my disposal to vigorously protect the victory that I and my supporters worked so hard to secure last night."

Senior Communications Advisor Rob Ryan has issued the following statement on behalf of Randy Altschuler: "The 1st Congressional District race is too close to call. Our election lawyer is currently collecting needed information at the Suffolk County Board of Elections. Thousands of absentee ballots are in play and that number is sure to increase over the next few days. We plan to proceed in a judicious fashion until every vote has been accurately counted."

 • New York State Assembly - District 1**
Marc Alessi (D, I, WF) - 50%
Daniel Losquadro (R, C, STR) - 50%

**Again, this outcome will rely on absentee ballots.

Alessi issued the following statement: "It is obvious that this election is too close to call, and should be a reminder to everyone that every vote counts! Therefore I am committed to making sure that every vote is counted. The voting machines in Suffolk County according to regulation will undergo a recanvass next week to ensure the accuracy of the results reported on election night, and then more than 2,500 absentee ballots will need to be counted. On top of these procedures we are going to wait for all of the military ballots to be mailed in from overseas, which according to law have until the end of November to arrive at the Suffolk County Board of Elections. We will have a clearer picture at the end of November the actual results of this election. In the meantime I would like to say how proud I am of the race we ran, I have received so many compliments on how positive our message remained in the face of such a negative election year. I am proud of my staff, volunteers and supporters for all of their hard work. Again I look foward to ensuring that every vote counts. Thank you."

Rich Schaffer, Suffolk County Democrat Committee Chair, projected early last evening that the Bishop v. Altschuler, as well as Alessi v. Losquadro would come down to absentee ballots.


 • Shelter Island Proposition 1: Superintendent of Highways Term of Office Change, voted NO

 • Shelter Island Proposition 2 - Supervisor Term Change, voted NO

Eileen Casey spent many years working in the television and music industries in New York City on the "ABC In Concert" weekly series, as well as several prime time network and cable television specials. An award-winning journalist, editor, and artist, and former Editor-in-Chief of Hamptons.com, she enjoys staying warm in Charleston and cool in the Hamptons.

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Guest (Guest) from Remsenburg says::
I voted against Bishop simply because he voted for that behemoth of a so-called "health care" bill. If you sell your house in 2013 according to that bill you will be paying 3% of the money you get from your house to the government (another tax!). What has that got to do with health care besides footing the bill for all the lazy sluggards who are waiting for a handout. Also Mr. O has his "civilian defense corps" in that bill too. Just what are we defending ourselves from? Does anyone out there know who or what we need to be so afraid of besides Mr. O and George Soros the puppeteer who is running the show? I hope and pray that Mr. Altshuler wins and we rid the town of the man who is just another tax and spend liberal! We need new blood in this town! Rid our town of retreads! Vote for term limits!!!!! When our representatives don't listen to their constituants, it is time to send them packing! After all, they work for us not the other way around.
Nov 8, 2010 6:26 pm

Guest (Guest) from east hampton says::
not so fast, turkey bridge and tim bishop, why can't you guys just TRY to be humble in your presumed (but mistaken!) claims of victory. bishop's arrogance once again shone through the night of Nov 2nd, when he arrogantly presumed to be the victor, without having counted all the votes. He never listened to his constituents for the past 2 yrs, and now he is not willing to count ALL their votes before declaring victory. I hope he gets what he really deserves, a STUNNING DEFEAT at the hands of a superior candidate (and political novice, I might add). Tim's political machine was out-smarted by a 39 yr old rookie. It is called karma, turkey bridge! Next time, tell Tim to act like a congressman should, with grace and civility.
Nov 8, 2010 12:26 pm

Guest (Guest) from Ridge says::
Altshuler vs Bishop NY First District Not for nothing but, I sense that there were many violations of Voter Fraud going on across the Country as previously perpetrated by the ACORN agencies. Some results are not final yet. For instance, Randy Altshuler (R) NY vs Tim Bishop (D) NY First Congressional District. Mr. Altshuler was leading in the Polls 42-40. However, one “local” Poll had Altshuler down by 12%. (SEMA)? As a “Poll Watcher”, my figures to the actual number of voters showing up at my District and what “party” they signed in as, are as follows. Actual Total of my 3 Districts one hour before closing. Rep. 405, Dems 265, (B)Blank 97, Conservative 15, Independent 33, (O) Other 8 . Total of 823 “Voter’s” Most of the (B’s) were registered as Republicans. In my opinion these numbers projected a favorable position for Mr. Altshuler. However, after the Poll Booth’s were closed it was announced on local Broadcasts that Bishop was leading Altshuler by 52-48. The early morning November 03, count was Bishop (D) 91,616 …….. Altshuler (R) 88,284 a minus 3,332 for Altshuler became 51-49%. NOW IT APPEARS THAT MR. ALTSHULER IS AHEAD BY 392 VOTES with up to 13,000 Absentee Ballots to be counted. WHAT HAPPENED & WHO IS TO BLAME? SUPPOSE MR. ALTSHULER CONCEDED DUE TO A “FAULTY” COUNT. WHAT THEN… Several of the Local (Democratic) favored News Television Stations did not report that there are over 8,500 ABSENTEE BALLOTS that have NOT been counted yet. Which just might grant Mr. Altshuler a Victory. In fact, Some local papers report: 9,500 Absentee Ballots http://www.suffolktimes.com/news- articles/2411/2411-LIVE-RESULTS–Election-Day- 2010-Tim-Bishop-Randy-Altschuler-Marc-Alessi- Dan-Losquadro-Ken-LaValle.html During a Local Debate, Tim Bishop stated his support and respect of Local Unions including Teachers, Police, Firemen and some local government employees who are paid for by the “Taxpayer’s”. It appears that the incumbent Bishop caters to Union bosses in an effort to receive their votes, while “ignoring” the Taxpayers who pay their salaries. If Bishop has his way, all of us will soon be seeing a big deduction in our paychecks come January 2011, along with a domino increase on the costs of goods and services they buy. Bishop supports the Healthcare Bill, Amnesty for Illegal Aliens, the Cap and Trade Bill proposal, etc., and agrees that the “Bush Tax Cuts” should expire. Several months ago, Bishop “requested” a Police escort in order to leave his Office in Melville, NY during a local Peaceful “Tea Party” gathering. Bishop has also “voted” the same as Nancy Pelosi 97% of the time. Pelosi currently just “lost” her status as the “Speaker of the House”, along with several incumbent Democrat Senators and Congressmen who lost their jobs completely by the popular vote of Americans who were dissatisfied with their overall job performance and conduct. Tim Bishop completely ignored the “voice” of the People who locally were against the Healthcare Bill and the Obama policies and agenda in general. During the campaign for “Congressman” there was not too much adoration for incumbent Tim Bishop. In fact, he actually canceled his Town Hall meetings. Jobs were being lost at an alarming rate under his watch. The only thing Bishop did was to accuse his “opponent”, Randy Altshuler (R) of “outsourcing” jobs by means of extensive mailings and unsavory television commercials without facts. On the other hand, Mr. Randy Altshuler who is a successful businessman, Harvard educated, has produced “thousands of jobs” World Wide which enabled him to create over a “thousand” jobs in the United States. These jobs would not be possible without the co-existence of “hands on” experienced Foreign Worker entrepreneurs who are favorably positioned “geographically”. Their knowledge of terrain, language, customs, cost effectiveness, and their Nation’s Laws are essential. This is what you call, “Outsourcing of Necessity”. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Outsourcing The many American jobs created by Mr. Altshuler would not be possible if not for the mutual combination of Foreign Workers on location, led by the expertise of American Organization & Job Creation. It was Mr. Altshuler’s “Brilliance” that tapped into an opportunity for job growth in the American sector. Please read Randy Altshuler’s History: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Randy_Altschuler This is why, Tim Bishop’s claims of “Outsourcing” American Jobs is totally bogus. Tim Bishop’s previous failure of a Suffolk County east end College does not give him the stage to speak of job sourcing. For now, I will not remark on a huge list of Bishop constituent disappointments. Mr. Altshuler is against the ever growing amount of taxes being forced upon the people, plus the wide range of “rules and regulations” that are imposed to open a business. Government spending and taxation is way out of line and needs to be halted. The governments job should be to “help” the People, not hinder them. I’m sure that Mr. Altshuler would agree with that. Mr. Altshuler exploded his desire to get Our government back on track to listen to the People. Which means: A Majority of the United States want more jobs, definitely less Taxes, enforced border protection, less government interference and basically to “Listen” to the People. No back room deals, full transparency. Honesty is the best Policy……Dan Smith, Ridge, NY
Nov 8, 2010 8:32 am

Guest (Guest) from Quogue says::
What a travesty if that tired old tool of Pelosi and Reid should prevail. Randy brings fresh blood,energy and business acumen not seen in these here parts in many, many years!
Nov 5, 2010 3:04 pm

Guest (Guest) from FLORIDA says::
Hey,Turkey Bridge when you get tired of paying ,State and local taxes not to mention Federal, and energy costs through the roof, you might change your mind. Remember Florida has no State income tax,lowest property taxes and energy costs in the Country. Oh and by the way the weather aint too bad either.
Nov 4, 2010 3:31 pm

Guest (Guest) from Hampton Bays says::
It ain't over til the fat lady sings! Bishop has NOT won this election! Ever last vote must be counted and recounted. And ever service man and womens vote must be counted-none of the garbage about the NY Election Districts mailing them late! We can and will wait until THE END!
Nov 4, 2010 1:03 pm

Guest (Guest) from Somewhere on Smithtown says::
Yes, the outcome of the #1 district congressional election is still not finalized I certainly hope that Mr. Bishop is successful in the end. The other candidate in the race was using money to win this seat gained by "outsourcing jobs" overseas (jobs which are dearly needed in this country). While it is this man's right to make his own fortune; I do not believe that this track record is in the best interest of the citizens of the district and should not be rewarded. I can onlt think that if he was to win this seat he would use it to enrich himself and other business who make money in the same fastion (and than get tax breaks for doing it).
Nov 4, 2010 12:37 pm

Turkey Bri...

Turkey Bridge says::
Florida, the home of hanging chads, trashed beaches and short sales, talking about New York? You've got to be kidding! Apart from that, it seems as though Tim Bishop pulled it out. Regular readers will not be surprised to hear that pleases me very much. The other results don't please me, but Tim's campaign is the one I worked on, and it looks like we did it.
Nov 3, 2010 1:26 pm

Guest (Guest) from florida says::
Go dems, be the first state in the nation to go broke!!
Nov 3, 2010 12:35 pm


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