To the delight or dismay of many Rivertowns residents, Barack Obama will serve as President of the United State for another four years.
News organizations, like NBC and CNN, announced that Obama defeated Mitt Romney around 11:15 p.m. Tuesday.
New York State Senator Kirsten Gillibrand was elected Tuesday to her first full six-year term, CNN, NBC, CBS and the New York Times reported. Former Gov. David Paterson appointed Gillibrand, who beat Republican challenger Wendy Long, in 2009 after Hilary Clinton left the seat vacant when she became Secretary of State.
U.S. Rep. Eliot Engel was declared the winner of District 17, beating out Republican Joseph McLaughlin and Green Party candidate Joseph Diaferia with 68 percent of the vote, according to unofficial results.
U.S. Rep Nita Lowey was triumphant over Republican Joe Carvin and Frank Morgenthaler of the We the People Party in District 17 with 67 percent of the vote, according to unofficial results.
Both New York Sen. Andrea Stewart-Cousins (56,098 votes) and New York Assemblyman Thomas Abinanti (29,820) ran unopposed, click on our videos here to see what they said after the election.
Incumbents David Koenigsberg, Bill Flynn and Donna Cassell also ran unopposed for their seats on the Dobbs Ferry Board of Trustees.
Click here to see the unofficial results.
Though Koenigsberg hadn’t had a chance to see the latest results, he said he was impressed by the amount of voters who came out to vote.
“From what I’ve heard it was a huge turnout and that’s great,” said Koenigsberg. “Obviously during presidential election years, it’s always a huge turnout. I just wish people would get as excited about local races.”
Though he was pleased to not have to put the energy into campaigning, he said he would like to see more people become involved and run for office to prevent complacency and offer a range of viewpoints. However, he did feel that the lack of opposition in this election cycle was attributed to the current board of trustees’ ability to work well as a group and compromise when there are differences.
Koenigsberg, who was just elected to serve his fourth term, said he looks forward to continuing his work on the board, including focusing on crucial issues like Rivertowns Square.
“I think that there is a consensus on the board that we’re very concerned about the size and scope of the project and want to try to come up with a mutually acceptable scaled development,” said Koenigsberg. “We’re very pleased they want to invest in Dobbs Ferry, but we want to make sure that we don’t end up with perpetual gridlock in the village as a result. “
Koenigsberg also plans to continue to work to find ways the village can save money.
“The Village still trying to negotiate contracts with the police union and that’s a big concern and trying to regain in health care and pension costs the Village has to incur for all of its employees,” said Koenigsberg. “We’re looking for other ways to economize without sacrificing the high quality service our Village and employees provide.”
Though the Westchester County Board of Elections (BOE) unofficial results shows that Irvington’s proposition to move village elections from March to November—which was located on the back of the ballot—got 391 "Yes" votes and 71 "No" votes with five out of six district reporting, some have said these numbers may not be accurate. The BOE said they are waiting on one district’s votes to be tallied.
Though they weren’t aware of which district they were waiting for and whether or not the district experienced polling problems—the BOE did say that if the district did have problems the votes would be re-canvassed on Nov.15-16.