9:05 a.m. Wednesday — A statement from the Justin Wagner (D) camp, regarding opponent Greg Ball (R) calling the race, was released at 1 a.m. Campaign manager Steve Napier issued the comment "in response to Senator Greg Ball's bizarre and inaccurate claim to victory in the 40th District State Senate race, when thousands of votes from heavily Democratic precincts remain uncounted."
"The race is too close to call," said Napier. "While all of the traditionally high-performing Republican areas have been fully counted, results in much of the traditionally Democratic areas of Westchester County have yet to be reported. We will pursue a full and fair count of all ballots, and we are confident that in the end Justin Wagner will be seated in the New York State Senate."
12:55 a.m. Wednesday — Democratic challenger Sean Patrick Maloney is leading Republican incumbent Nan Hayworth in the race for the state's 18th Congressional district.
As of 12:51 a.m. Wednesday, Maloney has 129,795 votes to Hayworth's 121,116. There are 173 write-in votes listed on the board of elections' site for all counties in the district except for Westchester.
Reached late Tuesday night, Evangeline George, a spokeswoman for the Maloney campaign said that results looked good but they were holding off on declaring victory. Attempts to get comment from the Hayworth campaign were unsuccessful.
12:15 a.m. Wednesday — Multiple television networks are projecting Democratic President Barack Obama has been re-elected to a second 4-year term over Republican challenger Mitt Romney.
In Putnam, unofficial results show Romney with 22,436 votes (54.767 percent) and Obama with 17,851 (43.575 percent).
In the race for District 40 of the New York State Senate, preliminary numbers show incumbent Ball leaving over Wagner.
Ball's camp announced that with 100 percent of districts reporting he has won Dutchess County by 1,918 votes, with 100 percent of districts reporting he has won Putnam County by 5,037 votes and with 78 percent reporting he is down in Westchester County by 3,183 votes, the incumbent has a 3,772 vote lead. Ball issued a statement, calling the election, at about 11:30 p.m.
"In the next two years I will continue my independent voting record and lead the fight to create good paying local jobs, deliver real and lasting tax relief, freeze school taxes for seniors, and reign in our unaccountable utilities. I’m glad the campaign is over, and ready to get back to work."
Incumbent Assemblyman Steve Katz appears to have been re-elected for another two years over Democratic challenger Andrew Falk in the race for the newly-redrawn 94th Assembly District.
The district includes Yorktown, Somers, Patterson, Southeast, Carmel and Putnam Valley.
Check out the video at right for Katz's victory statement.
"I consider tonight’s victory to be a call-to-action," Katz said in a statement. "It is a clear vote of confidence in the efforts that I undertook when I first arrived in Albany. Tomorrow, I intend to roll up my sleeves and resume my work—starting with the resumption of electrical power to all residents and businesses."
11:20 p.m. Tuesday — Democratic hopefuls for the Putnam County Legislature were still gathered at the Southeast Grille House a short time ago. Here's what they had to say:
Cathie Sloat, who ran against Roger Gross for Putnam County Legislature's District 6 seat: "I'm good, I'm tired. I'm proud of the race I ran. I gave people a choice. I forced a debate on the issues, and that's a positive thing."
Paul Morini, who ran against Joseph Castellano for the body's District 7 seat: "Congratulations to Joe Castellano. I commend him for running a clean campaign. Thanks to everyone who supported me."
10:10 p.m. Tuesday — Republicans Roger Gross, the incumbent running for Putnam County Legislature's District 6 seat, and Joseph Castellano, candidate for District 7 on the body, appear to have received the majority of votes in their respective races, according to unofficial results. Scroll down for the numbers.
"I'm honored and deeply appreciative of the support," Gross said, adding that he's "energized and excited" about the opportunity.
Castellano said he felt "fantastic."
"I'm thrilled it's over. I'm looking forward to next year," he said.
The Putnam County Board of Elections website appears to be down.
9:55 p.m. Tuesday — [From Yorktown-Somers Patch] Local Democrat candidates and supporters of New York State Assembly candidate Andrew Falk and Somers town board candidate George Dieter have gathered at Il Forno Trattoria and Pizzeria in Somers to await the results.
Falk said the biggest sacrifice he has had to make during the campaign was being away from his family.
"I've had more people helping me than I've actually met," Falk said as he reflected on his campaign. "It wasn't really about me, but my message and people counting on me. It's a very humbling experience."
If he doesn't win the election, Falk said he was optimistic that his campaign energized a lot of people and it would make a difference.
"I want tomorrow to be better than today," he said. "I want my kids to have the same opportunities I had growing up."
9:40 p.m. Tuesday — Local Republican candidates and supporters have gathered at Annie Molloy's Irish Castle in Patterson. More than two dozen folks are chatting, drinking and munching while awaiting results. At the moment, the website for the Putnam County BOE appears to be down.
Gross was feeling good as he waited.
"I'm excited, but I want to see the final numbers," he told Patch. " I've gotten a very good response throughout the community."
Castellano said he's feel both confident and nervous.
"I'm excited about the opportunity," he said at about 9:30 p.m.
See photos at right for more information.
9 p.m. Tuesday — Do you think the results of the Brewster Central Schools mock election are reflective of national results? Click here to see how Brewster's youngest citizens voted.
3 p.m. Tuesday — As of 1:45 p.m., approximately 940 voters—about 40 percent of those registered in the respective districts—had passed through the polls at Village Hall on Main Street, according to numbers provided by elections inspectors. They saw the biggest rush in the morning hours, and expected another burst between 6 and 8 p.m.
While poll workers reported no issues, they said about a dozen voters from outside Brewster and Southeast districts showed up after hearing about the executive order Gov. Andrew Cuomo siged Monday. It allows folks displaced by the recent storm to vote anywhere in the state.
Some veteran poll workers were even more surprised to see a man from Florida, who is reportedly here for work, arrive at the Brewster site. He and the other out-of-area voters voiced their picks via an affidavit ballot.
Here's what citizens on Main Street had to say when faced with the question: Why did you vote?
"Because I like Barack Obama, and I detest Nan Hayworth and Greg Ball." — Brewster resident Christine Sherbine
"I'm in construction and I felt like I had to vote for someone who was going to help me keep my job. And change doesn't happen overnight," Brewster resident Dermot O'Sullivan (referring to his support for Obama)
12:05 p.m. Tuesday — Senator Greg Ball, who is running for reelection, votes in Patterson. Justin Wagner, his opponent, voted in Croton-on-Hudson this morning. See attached photo gallery.
11 a.m. Tuesday — The tally at Brewster High School (BHS) was slightly higher than 1,000 votes at about 10:30 a.m., according to Putnam County Board of Elections inspectors. They said the flow of foot traffic through the polls had been slightly busier than the expected, but fairly on par with the turnout presidential elections typically garner. Inspectors also told Patch the process has been smooth so far, and they have yet to run into any real issues.
Rick Voss, an elections inspector manning District 3, said about 154 of the 750 voters in that area had shown up so far. He predicted that the busy pace would continue throughout the day, especially after 5 p.m.
Even with the crowds, Southeast resident Michele Hamburg—who was pushing her twin 17-month-old sons around in a stroller—found the process quick and easy. The Venezuelan-native said it's her first time voting as an American.
"I would rather have Mitt," she said.
9:30 a.m. Tuesday — So far, about 500 people have cast ballots at a single polling location in Southeast: Town Hall.
Brian J. Alberghini, an elections inspector, said many voters were waiting for the polls to open at 6 a.m. The line stretched beyond the door to the civic center and outside the building.
Alberghini has worked many Election Days at this location, but he's never seen a turnout like this. When he caught a minute-long break in admitting voters, a reported asked him how crazy of a morning it's been.
"That's an understatement," he said with a chuckle.
Putnam County Legislator Roger Gross, who is running for reelection in District 6, said the atmosphere was "lively" when he voted at about 9 a.m.
"It's very busy, busier than I've ever seen," he told Patch.
Southeast resident Ray Rau voted at BHS, where the polls were bustling, before 9 a.m. Monday. He comes out for every election, but this year his reasons are particular strong.
"We have to get Obama out of office," he said, adding that he's not completely confident that will happen. "I'm praying."
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Local races and Putnam results (all districts reporting):
U.S. House of Representatives, District 18Candidates # of votes percentage of votes Nan Hayworth (R) 21,100 54.909 Sean Maloney (D) 17,314 45.057
New York State Senate, District 40Candidates # of votes percentage of vote Greg Ball (R) 14,741 60.271 Justin Wagner (D) 9,704 39.676
New York State Assembly, District 94Candidates (vote for 1) # of votes percentage of vote Steven Katz (R, C) 15,208 56.228 Andrew Falk (D) 11,836 43.761
Putnam County, CoronerCandidates (vote for 3) # of votes percentage of vote Hari P. Chakravorty 24,429 99.837 Michael J. Nesheiwat 24,778 99.843 Daniel M. Stephens, II 25,798 99.822
Putnam County Legislature, District 6Candidates # of votes percentage of votes Roger Gross (R, C, I) 3,038 65.815 Cathie Sloat (D) 1,575 34.120
Putnam County Legislature, District 7Candidates # of votes percentage of vote Paul Morini (D, I, We the People) 1,611 43.920 Joseph Castellano (R, C) 2,055 56.025