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Big win in Genesee County for Astorino not enough to help him overcome Cuomo statewide

By Howard B. Owens

Incumbent Andrew Cuomo won the statewide race for governor, but was trounced in anti-SAFE-Act Genesee County by Rob Astorino, 11,016 to 4,040, according to unofficial election results.

The governor's win propels Kathy Hochul, once Genesee County's representative in Congress, into the lieutenant governor's office.

Howie Hawkins, from the Green Party, was the top vote getter among third party candidates both locally and statewide. With 55 percent of the precincts reporting, Hawkins has 107,000 votes. He had 369 votes locally.

Libertarian hopeful Michael McDermott, who needed 50,000 votes to improve ballot access for Libertarians, will fall well short of the mark. So far, only 8,800 ballots are marked for McDermott. He received 150 votes in Genesee County.

In the local Congressional race, Chris Collins had 11,722 votes to 3,324 for James D. O'Donnell. The districtwide results posted by 13WHAM indicate Collins will win the race easily. 

In the state Senate race, Micheal Ranzenhofer has 11,949 votes to 3,157 for Elaine B. Altman. Ranzenhofer is the projected winner of the race.

In the Assembly race, Steve Hawley had 13,580 votes to 532 for Mark E. Glogowski, running as a Libertarian.

A ballot measure to change redistricting procedures got 6,752 yes votes locally and 6,168 no votes. The measure appears to be passing statewide.

A proposal to allow e-filing of proposed legislation in Albany had 9,389 yes votes and 3,840 no votes locally. The measure appears to be passing statewide.

The Smart Schools Bond Act had 6,668 yes votes and 6,778 no votes locally. The measure appears to be passing statewide.

In the City of Batavia, a measure to realign wards to keep up with population shifts passed 1,818 to 885.

Tim Miller

I guess if you are in one of the wards that has a smaller population it's to your advantage to keep the boundaries where they are.

That and Bea's answer of being unprepared are the only logical reasons I can think of.

Nov 5, 2014, 11:05am Permalink
Kyle Couchman

Right David, whatever you think I don't fear laughing at you in person at all. Ask the others whom challenged me to speak my mind on a face to face basis.

Of the three that did thins only one actually showed up and I stood my ground and spoke my peace. Shall we attend a city council meeting together so that I can indeed laugh right there in your presence? Hmmm?

Nov 5, 2014, 6:22pm Permalink
Kyle Couchman

LOL Ed, 90% of the time I end up finishing a book while waiting then going home. One kid once showed up after an exchange like this. We were arguing about what was said to Jaquetta at Wal-Mart.

The kid apologized when he recognized my face from being 3 people ahead of him in the line next to where the Jaquetta thing happened.

David is like other internet bad boys....all innuendo. He'll see me at the next city council meeting or not his choice. The way it usually happens is he'll lurk but never introduce himself then tell everyone I never approached him. Just normal for internet communications LOL

See ya there Chunky...

Nov 5, 2014, 8:28pm Permalink
Brian Graz

How can someone be "unprepared" to vote? If you take your time, focus, and maybe even think,'s pretty easy to do. Besides at my voting place the workers are willing to explain and be helpful.

Nov 5, 2014, 11:08pm Permalink
tom hunt

I was taken back my the propositions at the polling place. I am use to the propositions being published in the Daily News. At home I can take my time to read them and to consider my position. This wasn't the case this election. I had to speed read them on site and make a quick decision on the spot.

Nov 6, 2014, 2:02am Permalink
Bea McManis

At our polling place, the decision to explain the propositions was carefully considered. Finally, we agreed upon an explanation that would not lean in one direction or the other. There were many questions regarding them and we tried to answer each and every one. In an election that was fraught with partisan division, I can say that the unity between the poll workers was evidence that bipartisanship is not only possible but a reality.

Nov 6, 2014, 11:41am Permalink

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