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Cuomo, propositions not winners locally

Cuomo, propositions not winners locally

While Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo handily won re-election Tuesday, he lost every Capital Region county with
Cuomo, propositions not winners locally
Democratic New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, second from left, celebrates with his father, former New York Gov. Mario Cuomo, right, and his mother, Matilda, left, after defeating Republican challenger Rob Astorino, at Democratic election headquarters in New ...

Gubernatorial tally

Vote totals in the race for governor by county in the Capital Region:

ALBANY COUNTY: Cuomo 36,438, Astorino 34,368, Hawkins 10,619

FULTON COUNTY: Cuomo 3,465, Astorino 8,147, Hawkins 556

MONTGOMERY COUNTY: Cuomo 4,167, Astorino 7,199, Hawkins 597

SARATOGA COUNTY: Cuomo 23,616, Astorino 35,686, Hawkins 5,182

SCHENECTADY COUNTY: Cuomo 16,726, Astorino 20,591, Hawkins 3,970

SCHOHARIE COUNTY: Cuomo 2,521, Astorino 5,884, Hawkins 703

NEW YORK STATE: Cuomo 1,852,944, Astorino 1,375,116, Hawkins 169,330

Source: New York State Board of Elections

Proposition tallies

Vote totals by county in the Capital Region for the two controversial ballot propositions — Prop 1, redistricting, and Prop 3, the $2 billion school bond:

ALBANY COUNTY: Prop 1 31,639 yes, 41,111 no; Prop 3 36,179 yes, 38,678 no

FULTON COUNTY: Prop 1 5,292 yes, 5,779 no; Prop 3 5,239 yes, 6,167 no

MONTGOMERY COUNTY: Prop 1 4,520 yes, 6,181 no; Prop 3 4,950 yes, 6,144 no

SARATOGA COUNTY: Prop 1 27,773 yes, 29,833 no; Prop 3 28,910 yes, 30,716 no

SCHENECTADY COUNTY: Prop 1 17,013 yes, 19,485 no; Prop 3 17,794 yes, 19,852 no

SCHOHARIE COUNTY: Prop 1 3,769 yes, 4,659 no; Prop 3 3,996 yes 4,716 no

Source: New York State Board of Elections

While Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo handily won re-election Tuesday, he lost every Capital Region county with the exception of Albany.

It was a major change from four years ago, when Cuomo carried much of the Capital Region in his first bid for governor and barely lost in the counties taken by Republican Carl Paladino.

Statewide, with a few dozen election districts still not reporting, Cuomo took 53 percent of the vote this year to 40 percent for Republican Rob Astorino and 5 percent for Green Party candidate Howie Hawkins. Despite losing, Astorino carried 46 of the state’s 62 counties, all of them upstate. Cuomo won the election with strong backing in New York City, Long Island and the state’s urban centers upstate.

For the past two years, Cuomo has been unpopular across wide rural swathes of upstate, where he is disliked for his authorship of the NY SAFE Act gun control law adopted in early 2013. Locally, four years ago, Cuomo won majorities in Albany, Saratoga, Schenectady and Montgomery counties.

Hawkins achieved double-digit percentages in some local counties, far better than his statewide performance.

Cuomo may have been hurt by dissatisfaction with his performance at both ends of the political spectrum, said Zoe Oxley, a political science professor at Union College in Schenectady.

“I was not surprised because he didn’t do that well [in this region] against Zephyr Teachout in the primary,” Oxley said. “Clearly there was some dissatisfaction with him on the left, and all of upstate tends to be more Republican.”

The Astorino-Christopher Moss team did well in counties that tend to lean Republican. Astorino took 64 percent of the vote in Schoharie County to 27 percent for Cuomo. In Montgomery County, he had a 59 percent to 35 percent advantage, and in Fulton County, a 65 percent to 28 percent showing. Saratoga County was a little closer: Astorino won 55 percent of the vote to 36 percent for Cuomo.

In Rensselaer County, where Democrats have a small enrollment advantage, Astorino won 54 percent to 35 percent for Cuomo and 10 percent for Hawkins.

In Schenectady County, where Democrats also have an enrollment advantage, Astorino secured 49 percent to 40 percent for Cuomo. Hawkins took just under 10 percent.

Even in the Democratic stronghold of Albany County, Cuomo took only 44 percent of the vote, to 41 percent for Astorino and 13 percent for Hawkins.

“Without New York City, Rob Astorino wins this race,” said Patrick Zeigler of Ballston, organizer of Upstate for Astorino.

He said the SAFE Act and controversy over Common Core learning standards hurt Cuomo, whose supporters vastly outspent Astorino. Zeigler noted Astorino or Moss made dozens of appearances in Capital Region counties.

“He didn’t spend millions on television ads. He came out and did it personally,” he said.


Capital Region voters also felt negatively about the controversial ballot propositions on redistricting and school borrowing, though both were approved statewide.

Both propositions failed, though often by narrow margins, in all Capital Region counties.

Proposition 1 will establish a commission to draw new legislative district lines in the future. The plan was criticized because most of the commission members would be appointed by legislators.

Proposition 2, which allowed distribution of legislative bills electronically rather than in printed form, passed everywhere without controversy.

Proposition 3 authorized the state to borrow up to $2 billion for distribution to local schools to buy technology, improve security and prepare for universal pre-kindergarten classes.

Statewide, Proposition 1 passed, 1.6 million to 1.2 million, and Proposition 3 passed, 1.8 million to 1.1 million. According to the state Board of Elections, about a quarter of voters didn’t vote on the propositions, which appeared in small print on the back of the ballot.

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