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The 2010 New York state elections will take place on November 2, 2010. These include elections for both Senate seats and a gubernatorial election.




United States Senate

Democratic Senator Charles Schumer is up for reelection.

Democratic Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton resigned to become United States Secretary of State in the Obama Administration. Kirsten Gillibrand was appointed to the seat, but an election will be held to determine who will hold the seat for the remainder of its term.

United States House

All 29 seats will face an election. The 29th district (at least numerically) is expected to be eliminated after the 2010 United States Census and subsequent reapportionment; it is also expected to be one of the most competitive, as first-term incumbent Democrat Eric Massa faces a slightly uphill battle for re-election in a mostly Republican district. Another potentially competitive race will be for the 20th district, where Scott Murphy won the special election to replace Gillibrand will be running for re-election. The 19th and 25th districts have also been mentioned as districts in which the Republicans will mount significant challenges to incumbents; both have, until recently, been represented by Republicans but are now in Democratic hands.[1]



Eliot Spitzer, a Democrat, resigned due to a prostitution scandal. David Paterson, the Lieutenant Governor of New York, succeeded Spitzer, and has announced his intention to seek his own term.

Along with the governor, a new lieutenant governor will be selected. The seat was vacant for a time since Spitzer's resignation and Paterson's subsequent succession to the governorship; the presidents of the New York State Senate (in succession, Joseph Bruno, Dean Skelos, Malcolm Smith and Pedro Espada) had served as acting lieutenant governors in that time. Paterson nominated Richard Ravitch to the position on July 8th 2009, a nomination that faced legal challenges. On September 22nd, 2009, the New York State Court of Appeals upheld Paterson's appointment of Ravitch as Lieutenant Governor. Nevertheless, Ravitch will not seek the seat in 2010.

Attorney General

Incumbent Andrew Cuomo may run for reelection.[2]


Thomas DiNapoli was appointed to fill out the term of Alan Hevesi after Hevesi's resignation.

State Senate

All 62 seats of the New York State Senate will face an election. Republicans will seek to regain outright majority control of the legislative chamber after they lost it in the 2008 elections, only to retake control of the chamber in a coalition coup on June 8, 2009 and lose it again in early July of that year. They need a gain of two seats if a Democrat is elected governor, but a gain of only one seat if a Republican is elected governor.

Open seats

12th district: George Onorato a Democrat who represents a district in Queens has announced he will not seek reelection. Assemblyman Michael N. Gianaris a Democrat has announced he will run.

Notable Races

1st district: Incumbent Republican Kenneth LaValle ran unopposed in 2008. The district includes the five East End towns of Long Island, New York and the eastern half of the Town of Brookhaven, New York. He faces a potentially formidable challenger in corporate fraud lawyer Regina Calcaterra.

6th district: Incumbent Republican Kemp Hannon has represented this district since 1989. The district includes Levittown, Massapequa, Garden City, Uniondale, Hempstead, Farmingdale, Franklin Square, Old Bethpage, Salisbury, Garden City South, Plainview, Lakeview, Plainedge, Island Trees and East Meadow. In 2008 he was nearly defeated by political newcomer Kristen M. McElroy who 48% of compared to Hannon's 52%.

11th district: Incumbent Republican Frank Padavan has represented this district since 1972. The district includes Queens Village, Flushing, Bayside, Whitestone, Douglaston, Little Neck, College Point, Bellerose, Hollis, Jamaica Estates, Floral Park, and Glen Oaks. In 2008 he won by only 483 votes over New York City Council member James F. Gennaro.[3]

58th District: Incumbent Democrat William Stachowski faced an unexpectedly close race in 2008 winning 53% to 47% over Dennis Delano. The district includes parts of Buffalo, all of the city of Lackawanna, and the towns of Cheektowaga, West Seneca, Hamburg and Eden.He is expected to face a primary challenge from Erie County legislator Tim Kennedy.

Upstate Democrats will likely be key in the potential Senate battle. In the Syracuse area, David Valesky faces Republicans Jessica Crawford, a local businesswoman, and musician Andrew Russo. In Watertown, Darrel Aubertine (a frequent target of the Republicans) will also face a challenge.

State Assembly

Open Seats

36th district: Incumbent Michael N. Gianaris a Democrat has announced he will retire to run for the State Senate seat held by George Onorato who is retiring. The district comprises Astoria, Long Island City, Queensbridge and Ravenswood, among other neighborhoods located in the New York City borough of Queens.

Notable Races

All seats will face an election, though due to gerrymandering, few are expected to be competitive. The chamber is expected to remain solidly in Democratic hands. Despite this, Republicans Janet Duprey and Dierdre Scozzafava are expected to face primary challeneges due to their actions in the congressional special election in 2009; Scozzafava dropped out of the race three days before the election and endorsed Democrat (and eventual winner) Bill Owens, and Duprey was one of Scozzafava's biggest supporters.



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