New York Today: Election Takeaways

Good morning on this radiant Wednesday.

It has been a bruising, expensive and drawn-out election season here in New York, and it finally came to an end last night.

Here are the big takeaways.

Andrew M. Cuomo slides to victory

Mr. Cuomo won a third time in the race for governor of New York, easily beating his Republican rival, Marcus Molinaro. He ran on his record, which includes same sex-marriage, gun control measures and paid family leave. Just like his father, Mr. Cuomo won a third term as governor, and just like his father, he has denied that he has presidential ambitions.

[Read more about Mr. Cuomo’s win.]

Democrats take New York seats in the House

New York State had nine incumbent House Republicans, out of 27 total House representatives. Yesterday, three of those Republicans lost their seats. The most notable was John J. Faso, a Republican who represented New York’s 19th Congressional District, whom Antonio Delgado defeated. Here in the city, Max Rose defeated Representative Dan Donovan in Staten Island, and in central New York, Anthony Brindisi beat Representative Claudia Tenney.

Democrats seize control of the State Senate

Democrats won control of the New York State Senate for the first time in nearly a decade. The Democratic senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins is slated to become the next majority leader, which would make her the first black woman to lead the Senate, and the first woman to lead the State Senate or Assembly.

[Read more about the power flip in Albany.]

A first for the attorney general

Letitia James, a Democrat, beat her Republican rival, Keith H. Wofford, to become the first woman elected attorney general in New York. She is also the first African-American woman elected attorney general and the first black woman to be elected to a statewide office. As New York’s attorney general, she will inherit several lawsuits against President Trump and could become a face of resistance to his policies.

[Read more about what’s ahead for Ms. James.]

In New Jersey, Senator Robert Menendez, a Democrat, fought off a strong challenge by his Republican opponent, Bob Hugin. Mr. Menendez managed to keep his seat, even after his federal corruption trial last year. Connecticut is remaining bright blue, sending only Democrats to Congress, including Jahana Hayes, the first black Democrat to represent the state.

Here’s what else is happening:


Warmer and brighter.

Blue skies will reign during your morning commute and our high could reach 62 today.

There’s more sunshine on tap tomorrow.

In the News

A witch, a performance artist and a teacher hung a banner from the Manhattan Bridge that had one word on it: “Vote.” [New York Times]

Is Amazon ready for the New York City subway? The company is nearing a deal to locate a major headquarters in Long Island City. [New York Times]

A Manhattan jury convicted the man who detonated a pipe bomb last December in a crowded subway corridor near Times Square. [New York Times]

Jammed scanning machines raised havoc at polling stations across New York City and left voters at a standstill. [New York Times]

Who sat on your stoop in prewar New York? A collection of 720,000 pictures has been released showing New Yorkers at work, school or dining 80 years ago. [Gothamist]

The Post-it notes that were plastered in the subway tunnel under Union Square during the 2016 presidential election made a comeback. [Gothamist]

“I Voted Today!” stickers have a tradition beyond the polls — covering the headstone of the suffragist Susan B. Anthony with them. [New York Post]

For a global look at what’s happening, see Your Morning Briefing.

Coming Up Today

Take a fall foliage walk at Wave Hill in the Bronx or through the north woods of Central Park. Both at 2 p.m. [Both free]

An evening of classical music at the Italian Academy at Columbia University. 7 p.m. [Free]

The illustrator and snowman expert Bob Eckstein discusses his new book, “The Illustrated History of the Snowman,” at Book Culture on the Upper West Side. 7 p.m. [Free]

A philosophy professor leads a discussion, “The Art of Refusal: Overcoming Epistemic Injustice in the #MeToo Era,” at the central branch of the Brooklyn Public Library in Prospect Heights. 7:30 p.m. [Free]

Alternate-side parking is suspended.

For more events, see The New York Times’s Arts & Entertainment guide.

Metropolitan Diary

Blessing the Schlep (After Lucille Clifton)

Dear Diary:

may the street sweeper
that is even now flicking
detritus pass downwind
may your double-park
cause no cop’s double-take
may your fenders avoid rear-
enders on West End or
highway may your chariot
clear computerized toll-
takers E-Z-ly may no gunk
clog your plugs as
you navigate bumpily
jerkily recklessly
stubbornly from
city to suburb.

— Catherine Wald

And Finally…

Cesar A. Sayoc Jr., the Florida man arrested last month on charges he sent pipe bombs to more than a dozen critics of President Trump, was ordered detained without bond by a federal magistrate judge in Manhattan, where he had been brought to face prosecution.

Mr. Sayoc listened attentively and nodded as the judge, Robert W. Lehrburger of Federal District Court, advised him of rights and asked if he understood them. “Yes, sir, 100 percent,” Mr. Sayoc replied.

Jane Kim, an assistant United States attorney, told the judge that Mr. Sayoc, who had been held since his arrest on Oct. 26, posed a “serious danger to the public” and a risk of flight, and should be detained pending trial.

Mr. Sayoc’s federal public defender, Sarah J. Baumgartel, consented to Mr. Sayoc’s detention but said she reserved the right to make a future bail application. After the hearing ended, Mr. Sayoc and Ms. Baumgartel rose and he gave her a hug before being led out of the courtroom. Neither Ms. Baumgartel nor the United States attorney’s office had any comment after the hearing.

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