ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WROC) — Tuesday was election day. Polls closed at 9:00 p.m. in New York State. News 8 is tracking the results live as they come in right here.
12:18 p.m. — A Monroe County Board of Elections spokesperson tells News 8 the preliminary results sent out by the board Tuesday evening do not include early voting or absentee ballots. The “districts reporting” number in the board’s reports will remain at 0 until those early and absentee ballots are added, at which point all 853 districts in Monroe County will be represented.
11:38 p.m. —
11:33 p.m. — Gov. Kathy Hochul (D) gave her victory speech.
11:29 p.m. —
11:12 — Gov. Kathy Hochul (D) declares victory against Republican challenger, Rep. Lee Zeldin.
11:09 p.m. — The Monroe County Board of Elections updated its posted numbers. It is unclear what percentage of the county’s voters these numbers represent, or whether absentee and early voting is included.
10:51 p.m. — The Monroe County Board of Elections posted a document containing early, unofficial election night results, along with the following note:
The Board of Elections is experiencing delays with uploading election returns to the election night reporting system. We recognize that our voters and candidates are eager to see the election returns and are working diligently to improve the speed of reporting. In addition to direct reporting, we have the capacity to produce PDF documents of results as they are tabulated and will begin to release those shortly. The PDF reports will be updated frequently throughout the night.
10:37 p.m. — Rep Claudia Tenney (R) declared victory in the race for New York’s 24th Congressional District. The race has not yet been called, but Tenny maintains a lead of 63.75% over challenger Steven Holden’s 36.25%.
10:17 p.m. — The Monroe County Board of Elections has acknowledged a delay in the posting of returns and says it is working to get results uploaded as soon as possible.
10:14 p.m. — NY 25th Congressional District Candidate La’Ron Singletary (R) leads incumbent Rep. Joe Morelle (D) by more than 3,000 votes so far, but Monroe County has yet to post any returns.
10:02 p.m. —
9:47 p.m. —
9:35 p.m. — More than a half hour after polls closed throughout the state, Monroe County has yet to produce any results. So far, no districts in Monroe County have reported any numbers.
9:32 p.m. — “I love this job,” Sen. Chuck Schumer said in a victory speech. “I love my job representing all 20 million New Yorkers in all our diversity and energy and eccentricity as the first ever majority leader from this state, and I take very seriously my responsibility to make this community I love a better place.”
With 18% of the state’s districts reporting, Hochul is ahead, 72.62% to 27.38%.
9:11 p.m. — Few are in the room at Monroe County Democratic Headquarters in Rochester, where Rep. Joe Morelle is expected to make an appearance soon.
9:02 p.m. — The Associated Press has declared incumbent Democrat Chuck Schumer the winner in his bid for re-election. Schumer will lose his position as Senate majority leader if Republicans take control of the Senate tonight.
9:00 p.m. — About 39% of registered voters in Monroe County had voted at the polls by 7:30 p.m., according to the Monroe County Board of Elections. Adding the roughly 11% who cast their ballots during the early voting period, turnout sits at just over 50% Tuesday evening.
That number does not include those who voted via absentee ballots.
8:49 p.m. — Supporters gather at the Monroe County Republican Headquarters in Greece ahead of the polls closing. Results will begin coming in shortly after 9:00 p.m.
Aside from the battle for New York Governor, here are a few of the key local races we’ll be watching when results come in tonight.
25th Congressional District seat: Joe Morelle v. La’Ron Singletary
Incumbent Democrat Joe Morelle faces Republican and former Rochester Police Chief La’Ron Singletary in the race for New York’s 25th Congressional District, which includes Monroe County and part of Orleans County.
Morelle has held the seat since Rep. Louise Slaughter’s death in 2018. Singletary served as RPD chief from 2019 until 2020, when he was fired by then-Mayor Lovely Warren in the wake of Daniel Prude’s death.
24th Congressional District seat: Claudia Tenney v. Steven Holden
Incumbent Republican Claudia Tenney and Democrat Steven Holden are on the ballot for New York’s 24th Congressional District seat. Tenney currently represents New York’s 22nd Congressional District, with Republican John Katko in the 24th District seat. Katko is not seeking reelection.
The 24th has been reshaped on the new redistricting map to include parts of 12 counties across the state, from Niagara to Jefferson. Genesee, Wyoming, Livingston, Ontario, Yates, and Wayne Counties are among those to fall entirely within the district’s new lines.
State Senate 56th: Jeremy Cooney v. Jim VanBrederode
Incumbent Democrat Jeremy Cooney faces Republican challenger and former Gates Police Chief Jim VanBrederode in the race for New York’s 56th State Senate District seat.
Cooney was elected to the position in 2020 and now serves as co-chair of the Marijuana Task Force for the Black, Puerto Rican, Hispanic, and Asian Legislative Caucus. VanBrederode served in the Rochester Police Department for three years, followed by 34 years with the Gates Police Department, where he retired as chief in January. He had been president of the Monroe County Chief’s Association since 2017.
The district covers Hamlin, Parma, Clarkson, Greece Gates, parts of Rochester, and Brighton. Charlotte, Maplewood, and the University of Rochester all fall within its borders.
State Senate 55th: Samra Brouk v. Len Morrell
Incumbent Democrat Samra Brouk faces Republican Len Morrell in the race for New York’s 55th State Senate District seat.
Brouk was elected in 2020 and has served as chair of the Senate Committee on Mental Health. Morrell is the founder of Morrell Manufacturing.
The 55th State Senate District includes a vertical slice of our region, from the Lake Ontario shore through Irondequoit, Rochester’s Neighborhood of the Arts, Fairport, Pittsford, Perinton, Victor, Honeoye Falls, Bloomfield, Bristol, Canadice, and Naples.
State Assembly 135th: Jen Lunsford v. Joe Chenelly
In the race for the New York State Assembly 135th District seat, incumbent Democrat Jen Lunsford faces a challenge from Republican Joe Chenelly.
Lunsford is a litigator with a focus on personal injury, workers’ compensation, and social security disability. Chenelly is a veteran of the US Marine Corps and national chair of AMVETS. The candidates participated in a League of Women Voters Debate in October.
The district encompasses a number of Rochester suburbs east of the city, including Webster, Penfield, East Rochester, and Fairport. Its southern border falls just north of Eastview Mall.
Ontario County Sheriff
Ontario County residents will choose their next sheriff, after former sheriff Kevin Henderson resigned amid a harassment scandal within the sheriff’s office.
Republican candidate David Cirencione has been a deputy within the Ontario County Sheriff’s Office for 20 years. Democratic candidate Steve Slavny is a retired New York State Police Sergeant and 9/11 rescue and relief responder who currently helps oversee security for the Victor Central School District. Write-in candidate W. Randolph Warner is a retired contractor running to bring outside leadership to the OCSO.
The Ontario County Sheriff’s Office is currently under the leadership of Interim Sheriff Phil Povero, who announced his retirement in 2018. Povero returned after Henderson’s resignation and will fill the role through December 31.