Suben Claims Victory, Cortland County Voters Support Reduction in Legislative Districts
Voter turnout was strong in several Cortland County polling sites Tuesday, locally voters followed national trends and returned incumbents to office for another term.
In the Cortland County District Attorney’s race Democratic incumbent Mark Suben easily defeated his Republican challenger former County Public Defender Keith Dayton.
During early returns Dayton took the lead, but that lead quickly disappeared as the rest of the results trickled in. Suben received 9,573 votes to Dayton’s 7,409.
Dayton who watched the results at Republican headquarters acknowledged Suben’s victory and said despite the loss he would likely run for office again.
Dayton did not attribute his loss to the botched county personnel investigation that charged him with allegations of misconduct, a second report by the Tompkins County D-A’s office exonerated Dayton of all wrong doing.
Suben reveled with his supporters at the Stone Lounge, following his decisive victory Suben recognized the voters who returned him for another four-year term and pledged to keep working to combat rising crime in Cortland County.
In other local results Cortland County voters overwhelmingly supported a plan to reduce the size of the Cortland County legislature by two seats. The proposition passed 9,182 to 5,132, and as a result one legislative seat in the City Cortland and another in Homer will be eliminated shrinking the legislature from 19 to 17 seats. The change won’t take effect until January of 2014.
Voters in the Town of Willet approved two propositions that increase the Town Highway Superintendent and Town Clerks terms of office from two years to four years.
In state races Republican incumbent state senator Jim Seward soundly defeated his democratic opponent Howard Leib, Seward a 26-year veteran of the Senate will now serve his 14th term. This was one of the few years that Seward faced a primary challenge and a democratic opponent. While Seward won reelection by a 2 to 1 margin control of the State Senate was too close to call last night as a number of key races were still up in the air.
Republican incumbent Congressman Richard Hanna sailed to victory over his Democratic challenger Dan Lamb, with over 60% of the votes cast to Lamb’s 40%. During his campaign Hanna characterized himself as a moderate Republican who works with both parties to find the best solutions. Hanna returns to a Congress with one of the worst approval ratings in in more than 60 years. Republicans were able to hold off Democratic advances and it appears the G-O-P will hold the house for another two years
Democratic U-S Senator Kirsten Gillibrand w crushed her Republican challenger Wendy Long to win her first full six-year term in office. Democrats have retained control of the U-s Senate.