Democratic incumbent David Carlucci of New City soundly defeated Republican challenger Janis Castaldi to retain the District 38 seat in the New York State Senate.
Carlucci won his second term with 70.51 percent of the vote in Rockland County and unofficial results show 69 percent in Westchester County. Results from elections officials in Rockland show Carlucci winning by a difference of 36,662 votes, 62,399 to 25,737.
"Winning by over 70 percent of the vote is a nice feeling," Carlucci said. "It shows you are reaching the people you want to reach. You are able to help them. That's what I've been about, putting forth a legislative agenda, executing and getting it done. Things like Lauren's Law (and) repealing the MTA tax. We've been able to do so many things New Yorkers deserve."
Carlucci said one major difference from the election he won two years ago is that this time he was able to run on his record rather than just his promises.
"It's really exciting to be able to run on the record and results and to be able to show what you've done," Carlucci said. "I said a lot of things two years ago and we've accomplished each and every one of them in terms of lowering taxes for low-income families. We were able to repeal the MTA tax. We cut $13.5 million from the state budget. I was one of only three senators endorsd by the governor. It shows the ability to work on both sides of the aisle to deliver for Rockland County.
"I can't wait to hit the ground running tomorrow to work on so many things we've got to accomplish in the next legislative agenda."
In Rockland County, 115,794 voters participated in Tuesday's elections. 100 percent of Rockland's election districts are in. As Rockland County Republicans watched election updates throughout the night at Casa Mia in Blauvelt, Rockland County Democratic Committee took over Town & Country in Congers.
Vincent Reda, Rockland Republican chair, said it was a disappointing night for republicans.
"It was a real honor to run with the President of the United States," Carlucci said. "This shows that people want smart government, common-sense government."