By Melanie Lekocevic
Capital Region Independent Media
After a long and contentious election season, Republican Marcus Molinaro came out on top in the race for the 19thCongressional District.
At the state level, incumbents state Sen. Michelle Hinchey and Assemblyman Chris Tague were re-elected, Hinchey to the newly formed 41st State Senate District.
Molinaro narrowly defeated Democrat Josh Riley in a close race to represent the 19th Congressional District that seesawed back and forth on election night. When all the votes were counted, Molinaro led with 50% of the vote to Riley’s 48%.
The Republican had a commanding lead among voters in Greene County, winning 60% of the vote to Riley’s 38%.
Molinaro said he is looking forward to leading the district and was gracious to his opponent.
“I am incredibly grateful to the people in New York’s 19th Congressional District. I commend my opponent Josh Riley, because running for office is incredibly challenging — and credit belong to the individual who enters the arena,” Molinaro said. “Looking forward, my goal is to listen to, learn from and serve all of this district. Together we will focus on solutions to address inflation, crime and mental health, along with having the best constituent services for upstate New York.”
State Sen. Michelle Hinchey, who currently represents the old 46th State Senate District, ran for re-election in the newly formed 41st State Senate District against another incumbent — Republican state Sen. Sue Serino. The change in districts was due to the state’s redrawing of district lines earlier this year.
Hinchey will represent all of Greene County as part of the new 41st Senate District.
The Democrat won the new district by a 52% to 47% margin, earning a second term in office.
Serino’s strongest showing was in Greene County, where the Republican won 59% of the vote to Hinchey’s 38%.
The new 41st State Senate District covers all of Greene and Columbia counties, most of Ulster County and northern Dutchess County.
“Our campaign had the strength of the Hudson Valley behind it — labor, farmers, working families, law enforcement, environmental partners, advocates, veterans, young people and first-time voters,” Hinchey said. “I am tremendously grateful to everyone in the 41st District who put their trust in me to be their voice in Albany, and I will continue to fight every day for the future we deserve.”
“At a time of deep division in our country, we ran a campaign for Upstate Equity and took everyone with us; a campaign that focused on opportunity, truth over untruths, solutions over fearmongering, and a real record of getting things done for our community to back it up. I look forward to continuing our progress in the new term, and I’m humbled to have the support.”
Assemblyman Chris Tague, R-102, won re-election by a wide margin with 64% of the vote to Democratic challenger Nicholas Chase’s 34%. Tague easily won five of the six counties, or portions of counties, that he represents, with the exception of Ulster County, where Chase picked up 60% of the vote to Tague’s 35%.
In Greene County, Tague won 64% of the votes to Chase’s 33%.
“To the people of the 102nd Assembly District, I will never stop fighting for you,” Tague said. “We will continue to work hard to make this state more affordable by bringing down inflation, cutting costs at the fuel pump, at the grocery stores, and in your energy bills. I will work against radicals in the majority to protect our constitutional rights and to make our streets safe by locking up dangerous criminals and overturning the cashless bail policy.”
“I will also continue my work to protect the farmers in our great state,” Tague continued. “Farmers are the lifeblood of our country and reducing the overtime threshold for farm workers is everything wrong with ag policy the Democratic majority has pushed through.”