By WSR Editorial Staff
With all the talk about the end of democracy, you would think that turnout for Tuesday’s midterm elections would have set records, especially on the Upper West Side, known for its political activism. In fact, turnout was down in the neighborhood from the 2018 midterms, according to THE CITY. In 2018, 64% of active registered Upper West Side voters voted, whereas in 2022, 56% of active registered voters did. The neighborhood still outperformed the city, though, which recorded just a 36% turnout, down from 47% in the last midterms in 2018.
So who did UWSers choose to lead the state? The overwhelming majority — ranging from around 70% to nearly 90% (in Manhattan Valley) — voted to keep Democrat Kathy Hochul in the governor’s job, THE CITY reported, based on data from the city’s Board of Elections. Hochul easily won citywide, too, over Republican Lee Zeldin, but her statewide margin – a little under 53% of the vote, was significantly narrower, with Zeldin stronger both upstate and on Long Island.
No surprises here: Democratic Rep. Jerry Nadler tromped his two opponents with 82% of the vote to return to the House where he has served since 1992. The real contest for Nadler came in the Democratic primary, when redistricting forced a race between him and his longtime colleague Carolyn Maloney, who now will leave the House at the end of this year. And Chuck Schumer won nearly 56% of the vote to continue in the Senate and as Democratic Party leader there – though whether he will be majority or minority leader remains to be seen, as the balance of power in the Senate comes down to who wins a handful of tight races yet to be called in other states.
Also no surprise: In other statewide races, Democrats Letitia James and Thomas DiNapoli were returned to their jobs as attorney general and state comptroller.
And despite a second effort by Maria Danzilo, running as an independent in the general election, Democratic State Sen. Brad Hoylman, easily kept his seat with 93.3% of the vote, as did Sen. Robert Jackson (85%) and Assemblymember Danny O’Donnell (90%). Assemblymember Linda Rosenthal was returned to Albany unopposed.
And each of the four questions on the New York City ballot passed.