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(Below are reports from various Patch staff members across the region. The hub has been updated since its original publication on Tuesday.)
10:01 a.m., Wednesday
Congresswoman Nan Hayworth (R-Bedford) conceded Wednesday morning in a letter to her supporters. Below is the letter:
The election of 2012 is over, and while the results didn't go our way, nobody could've fought harder or more honorably than our team.
I'm so proud of the hundreds of volunteers who spent their days and nights working to protect and promote all that we cherish about our country and our Hudson Valley.
I'm honored to have been side by side with all of you and to have served as our Representative in the 112th Congress.
I'll continue to do all I can to serve the cause of individual liberty and opportunity that is uniquely American.
It is in that spirit of love of country that I'll now concentrate on helping our new Representative-elect, Sean Patrick Maloney, have a smooth transition for the sake of our constituents.
Please know that I'll always keep faith with the friendship and support you have shown, and that you have my deepest gratitude.
Wagner Camp: Not so Fast!
1:55 a.m., Wednesday
Responding to incumbent state Sen. Greg Ball's declaration of victory, Steve Napier, a spokesman for Democratic challenger Justin Wagner, issued the following statement:
"The race is too close to call," Napier said in a press release, adding, "While all of the traditionally high-performing Republican areas have been fully counted, results in much of the traditionally Democratic areas of Westchester County have yet to be reported. We will pursue a full and fair count of all ballots, and we are confident that in the end Justin Wagner will be seated in the New York State Senate."
Ball Declares Victory
Senator Greg Ball (Patterson – R, C, I) announced that with 100 percent of districts reporting he has won Dutchess County by 1,918 votes, with 100 percent of districts reporting he has won Putnam County by 5,037 votes and with 78 percent reporting he is down in Westchester County by 3,183 votes giving Ball a commanding 3,772 vote lead.
"It is one thing to make promises every two years, it is another thing entirely to deliver results," Ball said in a statement. "Working with Governor Cuomo, in a bipartisan way, I have delivered. In just two years we have repealed the MTA payroll tax, capped property taxes and cut income taxes across the board. In the next two years I will continue my independent voting record and lead the fight to create good paying local jobs, deliver real and lasting tax relief, freeze school taxes for seniors, and reign in our unaccountable utilities. I’m glad the campaign is over, and ready to get back to work."
Katz Apparent Winner in Assembly Race
Incumbent Assemblyman Steve Katz appears to have been re-elected for another two years over Democratic challenger Andrew Falk in the race for the newly-redrawn 94th Assembly District.
The district includes Yorktown, Somers, Patterson, Southeast, Carmel and Putnam Valley.
Check out the video to the right for Katz's victory statement.
"I consider tonight’s victory to be a call-to-action," Katz said in a statement. "It is a clear vote of confidence in the efforts that I undertook when I first arrived in Albany. Tomorrow, I intend to roll up my sleeves and resume my work – starting with the resumption of electrical power to all residents and businesses."
Carvin Concedes to Lowey
Rye Town Supervisor Joe Carvin, the Republican challenger in the 17th Congressional District, has conceded to Democratic incumbent Nita Lowey, our sister site Rye Patch reports.
The 17th District includes parts of Yorktown.
Maloney Leads Hayworth in Unofficial Results
Democratic challenger Sean Patrick Maloney is leading Republican incumbent Nan Hayworth in the race for the state's 18th Congressional district. He has now had declared victory, his campaign tweeted.
As of 12:51 a.m. Wednesday, Maloney has 129,795 votes to Hayworth's 121,116. There are 173 write-in votes listed on the board of elections' site for all counties in the district except for Westchester.
Reached late Tuesday night, Evangeline George, a spokeswoman for the Maloney campaign said that results looked good but they were holding off on declaring victory. Attempts to get comment from the Hayworth campaign were unsuccessful.
Networks Project Obama Win
Multiple television networks are projecting Democratic President Barack Obama has been re-elected to a second 4-year term over Republican challenger Mitt Romney.
Somers Town Board Councilman Elected
According to unofficial results from the Westchester County Board of Elections, Anthony Cirieco has a significant lead over George Dieter for the one-year term Somers town board seat. With 83 percent of districts reporting, Cirieco has 3,501 votes (54 percent) to Dieter's 2,965 votes (46 percent).
The two men were vying to serve a one-year term on the Somers Town Board in a special election on Tuesday after Harry Bolton, former councilman, resigned earlier this year.
Cirieco, 59, has lived in Somers since 1983 with his wife Carol and three children. He is currently serving his second term as trustee on the Somers School Board. He was endorsed by the Republican Party and Conservative Party with the support of town Supervisor Mary Beth Murphy and the Somers Republican Committee.
Dieter, 60, has lived in Somers with his wife since 1989. The couple has three children. The man is an attorney who was endorsed by the Democratic, Independent and Working Family Parties. He previously served on the Somers school board from 1994 to 2000; and he was a councilman from 2006 to 2009. He is involved with the following civic organizations: Conservation Board, Planning Board, President of the Somers High School Marching Band Parents' Association.
Katz Supporters Gather in Yorktown
11:09 p.m. Tuesday
Supporters of Assemblyman Steve Katz have gathered at Murphy's Restaurant in Yorktown to follow the local election and watch the results as they are coming in for the presidential race.
According to unofficial results, Katz had a slight lead in Westchester and Putnam counties.
"I think what resonated with voters is my honesty and the facts that I can give them an unfurnished view from the perspective of a businessman, not a politician," Katz said as he was awaiting the results.
Results Continue to Roll In
11 p.m. Tuesday
Greg Ball has won Putnam County with 14,741 votes (60.27 percent) versus Justin Wagner's 9,704 (39.68 percent).
In Westchester, Wagner has a 4 percent lead over Ball with 69 percent of precincts reporting.
With 64 percent of districts reporting, Nita Lowey leads Joe Carvin and Fran Morganthaler with 66 percent of the vote.
Falk Supporters Gather in Somers
9:53 p.m. Tuesday
Local Democrat candidates and supporters of New York State Assembly candidate Andrew Falk and Somers town board candidate George Dieter have gathered at Il Forno Trattoria and Pizzeria in Somers to await the results.
Falk said the biggest sacrifice he has had to make during the campaign was being away from his family.
"I've had more people helping me than I've actually met," Falk said as he reflected on his campaign. "It wasn't really about me, but my message and people counting on me. It's a very humbling experience."
If he doesn't win the election, Falk said he was optimistic that his campaign energized a lot of people and it would make a difference.
"I want tomorrow to be better than today," he said. "I want my kids to have the same opportunities I had growing up."
High Voter Turnout in Somers and Yorktown
4:50 p.m. Tuesday
Allida Stauber and Marc Tisch made their way into the Heritage Hills Activity Center in Somers to cast their vote at around 2:30 p.m. Stauber said the important to her issues in this election were women's, social and character issues when voting for the country's leader.
Here is what other voters said:
Lisa Immerblum, Somers: "I think people forget where we were four years ago. We were on the brink of a financial abyss. President Obama did a tremendous job to stabilize the economy." Immerblum also said she supports U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand because of her "accountability" and "transparency." "She is doing a great job of representing New York and I'd like to see her for a full term."
Amber Immerblum, Somers: "I voted for who I thought was best for women's rights, animal rights and gay rights. It's important that everyone has the same rights." This was Immerblum's first time voting.
2:30 p.m. Tuesday
Local candidates for Somers town board George Dieter and Anthony Cirieco were greeting voters who were headed to vote at the Heritage Hills Activity Center in Somers. Also standing outside to greet voters were State Senator Greg Ball and State Assembly candidate Andrew Falk. See attached photo gallery.
1:45 p.m. Tuesday
As of 2:45 p.m. there were 487 people out of 1,201 registered voters had passed through the polls at Somers Town Hall, according to numbers provided by elections inspectors.
"It has been a steady stream and we haven't stopped," elections inspector Margherita Eccleston said.
Jim Jantos, a polling inspector for a different Somers district, also said there has been a steady stream of voters, including a few people from disaster areas who had been staying with family in the area.
"You have a lot of people coming in who haven't voted in quite a while," he said.
1:30 p.m. Tuesday
Polling sites in Yorktown and Somers attracted voters from their home districts and others taking advantage of alternative voting sites because their own were in storm-ravaged towns in other parts of New York State such as Long Island, according to poll workers at Yorktown Town Hall and Somers Town Hall.
As of 12:35 p.m. there were 675 people out of 2,216 registered voters had passed through the polls at Yorktown Town Hall, according to numbers provided by elections inspectors.
Turnout was brisk and steady. Here's what some local voters had to say:
Norman Advocate, Yorktown: "It's going to be a close race. It's a matter of voting for the President who has money or who is for the people."
Jason Frey, Yorktown: The choice for him was easy – he voted for Mitt Romney. "Working people are sick of working just to give their money to people who don't work." The important for his issues were Obama's stand on terrorism as well as the local economy. "I think it's going to be a close race and unfortunately Obama is going to win. I hope this country gets back to its core values."
Kathleen Tully, Yorktown: "It's very important to preserve the progress we've made in this administration." The issues that were most important to her in this election were health care (and especially pre-existing condition), protections for seniors, coverage of prescriptions.
Marissa Pisano, Yorktown: She was a first time voter, who described herself to be voting as a Republican. She said it was her parents who were dissatisfied with Obama and that's what got her to get out and vote.
Kristina Pisano, Yorktown: She said she voted because she thought it would be important. "Pretty soon I'll be out in the workforce and I vote for whoever I think would be good."
Bob Goldbach, Somers: "We need to get people back to work, that's the main thing." He said the important to him issues in this election are leadership, bipartisan agreement.
Diane Goldbach, Somers: "If we do right by voting for the right to life, we pray that God will take care of the other issues."
Candidates Cast Their Votes
12:05 p.m. Tuesday
Senator Greg Ball, who is running for reelection, votes in Patterson. Justin Wagner, his opponent, voted in Croton-on-Hudson this morning. Assemblyman Steve Katz voted in Shrub Oak. Andrew Falk, his opponent voted in Patterson. See attached photo gallery.
11:30 a.m. Tuesday
Congresswoman Nan Hayworth voted in Bedford this morning, and greeted a crowd of voters inside town hall while a crowd of her supporters waited outside and across the street on Bedford Road, waving political signs and cheering cars driving by.
Hayworth said the top issue voters were focusing on was the economy.
"When the economy is doing well, we're all doing well," she said.
She was optimistic about the storm's affect on today's turnout at the polls and expressed concern for those without power and heat.
Bustling Polling Locations in Somers
10:57 a.m. Tuesday
A steady flow of voters is turning out in Somers, where Town Clerk Kathleen Pacella said there haven't been any problems – all polling locations have power and the voting machines are working.
"It looks like a heavy turn out," she said.
The busiest polling location is the Heritage Hills Activity Center, which Pacella called "super busy." Polling locations in Somers are bustling even though there haven't been any long lines. Pacella said voters are constantly coming in and out.
"It makes it good for the poll workers because the day goes by faster," she said. Poll workers reported to their locations at 4:30 a.m. and are expected to be working until 10 p.m. or 11 p.m., Pacella said.
Yorktown Polling Locations Receive Wrong Ballots on Election Day
8:48 a.m. Tuesday
Election Day did not go too smoothly in Yorktown this morning as several polling locations received the wrong supplies from the Westchester County Board of Elections, Yorktown Town Clerk Alice Roker told Patch.
Some voters at the Lakeland Copper Beech Middle School, the community center at Jefferson Village and Grace Lutheran Church polling locations were turned away this morning because poll workers had the wrong ballots.
Brian Avery, who went into the community center at Jefferson Village at around 6:10 a.m. said there were between 15 and 20 other people who were also standing around waiting, unable to vote.
"I'm not sure what that means, but I'm thinking they had four years to ensure the "bags" were properly configured," Avery said. "[It] doesn't sound like the hurricane was to blame for this."
Avery said he plans to return to vote later this evening.
Roker said a town employee delivered the correct ballots to each of those polling places to correct the situation.
"It was so many different bags that were messed up," Roker said. "It was a mess."
In addition, in a storm update on Monday Roker said the polling place for election districts 3 and 32, which is at the Church of Latter Day Saints (Mormon) on Rt. 134 in Yorktown, had no power. But late last night, she said she was assured by the county that Con Edison had restored power.
"My inspectors go there this morning and the voters and there is no power," Roker said.
A generator from the county’s Office of Emergency Management is on its way to Yorktown, Roker said, but she does not know what time it might be brought in. In the meantime, voters are given emergency ballots to cast their vote.
A couple of voters who reported to the Church of Latter Day Saints came to vote at Town Hall instead this morning. Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed an executive order on Monday allowing voters who can't make it to their normal polling place on Tuesday to cast ballots at any polling site in the state.
Gary Ploski, a Yorktown resident, voted at the French Hill Elementary School building this morning. The important issues to him during this election are equal rights, health care for all, contraceptive access for women, sound immigration reform and jobs, he said.
"We are extremely busy in every district," Roker said.
Our Election Hub has information and updates on the candidates, races, polling places and more. And when the voting stations close at 9 p.m. Tuesday, we'll be posting the results as they come in.
Local Races and Results:
U.S. House of Representatives, District 17
*85 percent reporting as of 1 a.m.
U.S. House of Representatives, District 18
*85 percent Westchester districts reporting as of 1 a.m.
New York State Senate, District 40
* Justin Wagner leads in Westchester but Greg Ball leads overall with combined Putnam, Dutchess and Westchester vote
# of votes percentage of vote Greg Ball (R) 33,328 48% Justin Wagner (D) 36,334 52%
Justin Wagner (D) 9,704
New York State Assembly, District 94, Westchester County Results
*86 percent reporting as of 1 a.m.
51 Andrew Falk (D) 9,357 49 Candidates: Putnam # of votes percentage of vote Steven Katz (R, C) 13,769 57.299 Andrew Falk (D) 10,259 42.692
Somers Councilman, Special Election
*88 percent reporting as of 1 a.m.