VOTE 2021 RECAP: What happened around the tri-state on Election Day.

This may have been an off-year election, but there were still some important local races for the tri-state area, including for New Jersey governor and New York City mayor.

News 12 Staff

Nov 3, 2021, 3:37 PM

Updated 901 days ago

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VOTE 2021 RECAP: What happened around the tri-state on Election Day.
This may have been an off-year election, but there were still some important local races for the tri-state area, including for New Jersey governor and New York City mayor.
Here are some key results from Tuesday's elections:

NEW JERSEY GOVERNOR

The big race in New Jersey was for the governorship. The polls closed at 8 p.m. in the state, where Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy was favored in his race against Republican Jack Ciattarelli. The race is too early to call.
Democrats were looking to the Garden State for hopeful signs, but they may not find many, as the race was tighter than some expected.
Murphy has been able to deliver on many liberal priorities, like expanding government funding for widespread prekindergarten and community college, and has the advantage of incumbency that McAuliffe lacks. As such, he may offer more of a model of the position Democrats could be in next year should they manage to pass Biden's agenda. Still, Ciattarelli's strong showing could be another sign of the grim national environment for the Democrats.
Long lines, Wi-Fi and software problems were some of the issues that marred certain polling places statewide. The ACLU of New Jersey and the League of Women Voters filed a lawsuit to extend voting but was denied by a judge.
Steve Sweeney, New Jersey's Senate president since 2010, is in a tight race against Republican challenger Edward Durr in New Jersey's 3rd Legislative District. The race is too close to call.

NEW YORK CITY MAYOR

Former police captain Eric Adams easily won the race for New York mayor Tuesday. Adams, who will become the second Black mayor of the nation's largest city, first triumphed this summer in a crowded Democratic primary after he struck a nuanced stance on law enforcement issues. His message on crime and his experience as a police officer largely insulated him from attacks from his Republican opponent Curtis Sliwa, the founder of the Guardian Angels anti-crime patrol.
Democrat Antonio Reynoso made history becoming the first Latino elected as Brooklyn borough president.

LONG ISLAND

It was a monumental election night for Republicans across Long Island.
With 99% of precincts reporting in Nassau County, one of the biggest upsets could be in the race for Nassau County executive. This morning Republican Bruce Blakeman, the Hempstead Town Councilman, and former presiding officer of the Nassau County Legislature, is declaring victory over Laura Curran.
In the race for Nassau District Attorney, Republican Anne Donnelly claimed victory over state Sen. Todd Kaminsky.
Incumbent Suffolk County District Attorney Tim Sini conceded the race to Republican Ray Tierney Tuesday night.

CONNECTICUT

Bobby Valentine conceded his run for the mayor of Stamford to Democrat Caroline Simmons just after midnight. The race received national attention due to Valentine's Major League Baseball celebrity. Valentine had claimed that there were voting irregularities earlier in the evening.
Two other Republicans had big wins in Connecticut. Monica McNally will be next first selectman in Darien, while Jennifer Tooker declared victory in the Westport first selectman race.
This morning, Connecticut's website responsible for reporting election results is experiencing technical issues, Secretary of the State Denise Merrill says.

HUDSON VALLEY

Many of the biggest races in Westchester look like they are going into the Democratic win column.
Westchester County Executive George Latimer has declared victory in his reelection bid. The incumbent faced off against Republican Christine Sculti and took just under 60% of the vote.
It appears there is going to be a first-time politician as Yonkers City Council president. Democrat Lakisha Collins-Bellamy declared victory in the race Tuesday evening.
It was an historic night in Peekskill as voters elected the city's first Black woman as mayor. Vivian McKenzie celebrated the win at a watch party in downtown Peekskill.
Republicans may take home one significant victory as James Nolan declared victory over incumbent Democrat Ruth Walter in the District 15 State Legislature race.
In Rockland County, Ed Day declared victory in his reelection bid for county executive. Day was running against Democratic newcomer L'Tanya Watkins.


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