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Good night for incumbents in local state Assembly races

Angelo L. Santabarbara, D-Rotterdam, easily won a fifth term, defeating Republican Paul E. DeLorenzo.
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Angelo L. Santabarbara, D-Rotterdam, easily won a fifth term, defeating Republican Paul E. DeLorenzo.

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SCHENECTADY — Incumbents in the state Assembly had a good night across the Capital Region, fending off competition from a crop of challengers.

Office-holders representing districts in Schenectady, Saratoga, Montgomery, Schoharie and Fulton counties held their seats on Tuesday.

Angelo L. Santabarbara, D-Rotterdam, easily won a fifth term, defeating Republican Paul E. DeLorenzo, 54.7 to 41.8 percent for the seat representing portions of Amsterdam and Schenectady as well as parts of Montgomery and Albany counties.

Incumbent Phillip G. Steck, D-Colonie, cruised to a sixth two-year term, defeating Republican-Conservative Dave M. Feiden 55.8 to 39.7 percent with all districts reporting late Tuesday.

Republican Mary Beth Walsh, R-Ballston Spa, won a third term, defeating progressive activist Joseph S. Seeman, who appeared on the Democratic and Working Families Party lines.

Walsh garnered 59.5 percent to Seeman’s 33.2 percent.

Voters also returned Assemblyman Chris Tague, R-Schoharie, to the Assembly for a second term.

Tague fended off a challenge from Democrat Betsy Kraat, beating the social worker and advocate by double-digits, garnering 64.7 percent of the vote to 31 percent for the seat covering all of Greene and Schoharie counties and extending into the Catskills.

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And in a rematch of 2018, state Assemblywoman Patricia A. Fahy, D-Albany easily defeated Robert G. Porter, a Libertarian who also appeared on the Conservative and Republican Party lines, garnering 63.2 percent to 31.7 percent with all precincts counted.

Other races appeared too close to call:

Democrat Carrie Woerner, D-Round Lake, held a narrow lead over David Catalfamo, a former aide to Gov. George Pataki and economic development official, in her bid for a fourth two-year term.

Woerner garnered 49.5 percent to Catalfamo’s 47.9 percent, a margin of 991 votes, or 1.6 percent spread, according to unofficial results by the state Board of Elections.

Catalfamo is running on the Republican, Conservative and Upstate Jobs lines for the seat representing eastern Saratoga and western Washington counties.

More from Election Night:

Republican Matthew Simpson, who serves as Horicon supervisor, won the race for the open seat to succeed outgoing state Assemblyman Dan Stec, who declined to run for re-election in order to seek the state Senate seat being vacated by state Sen. Betty Little, R-Queensbury, who is retiring at the end of the year.

Simpson bested Democratic candidate Claudia Braymer by 24 points, 59.5 percent to 35.3 percent, for the seat representing portions of Saratoga and Washington counties, as well as all of Warren and Essex in the Adirondacks.

Evelyn Wood, running on the Serve America Movement line, garnered .9 percent, or 498 votes, while 2,277 voters, or 4.1 percent, left the field blank.

Stec easily captured Little’s seat, besting Democratic candidate Kimberly A. Davis by 25 percentage points.

State Assemblyman Robert Smullen, R,C, Ref-Meco, ran uncontested, winning a second-term for the 118th District, a seat representing Johnstown, Gloversville and parts of the Mohawk Valley and the North Country.

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