ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WROC) — Three contested NY State Senate races are leaning toward the incumbents, with the tightest race in the 56th district.
Early Wednesday morning, Democrat Jeremy Cooney declared victory in seeking his second term. He faced a challenge from former Gates Police Chief Jim VanBrederode. Technical difficulties at the Monroe County Board of Elections delayed results, but as this time, Cooney holds has a 8% lead over VanBrederode.
“Well, it was a tough evening. We were waiting and waiting and we wanted to make sure we had integrity in our system,” Cooney said. “We didn’t want to get out ahead of every counting error, or anything like that. We wanted to make sure everyone’s voice was heard and that the votes were counted properly.”
VanBrederode still isn’t giving up. His campaign issued a statement Wednesday afternoon reading in part, “We want everyone to know that we recognize that the Board of Elections is working through the numbers and their processes to assure the accuracy of the vote. We want to be clear that when this process is complete, the VanBrederode campaign will accept the results of this race once certified by the Monroe County Board of Elections.”
Democratic incumbent Samra Brouk appears to have won a second term in the 55th district, leading her Republican opponent Len Morrell 58% to 42%.
“We’ve never had a cohesive delegation like this in a majority in the Assembly and the Senate for New York and really what that means is we’ve been able to bring in more resources for the Rochester and Monroe County Area than have been able to come in decades.”
In the 54th district, Republican Senator Pam Helming was re-elected with about twice as many votes as her Democratic challenger, Kenan Baldridge.
Look below for the latest New York State Senate results.