Politics
11:45 am
Wed November 7, 2012

WNY incumbents hold on to seats in Albany

It was also a good Election Day for Western New York's incumbents in the State Legislature.  Only one newcomer will be joining the  delegation in Albany.

Voters have returned all of the region's representatives back to Albany, including State Senator Mark Grisanti who won a tough four-way race with about 50% of the vote.

Grisanti, who took heat from Republicans for voting in favor of gay marriage, told his supporters last night he was able to help the area by crossing lines and working with Governor Cuomo and other Democrats in Albany.

"You cannot sit there and be purely Democratic or purely Republican. It doesn't work. That's why there's gridlock in Washington," Grisanti said.

Grisanti defeated former Erie County Legislature Chairman Charles Swanick, Gregory Davis and Democratic challenger Michael Amodeo.

Other returning Senators include Patrick Gallivan, Tim Kennedy, George Maziarz, Michael Ranzenhofer, and Catherine Young.

Members returning to the Assembly include John Ceretto, Jane Corwin, Dennis Gabryszak, Joseph Giglio,  Mickey Kearns, Sean Ryan, Robin Schimminger, Crystal Peoples-Stokes, Ray Walter, and Andrew Goodell.

Many local candidates ran unopposed.

The lone local newcomer in the Assembly will be Republican former East Aurora Mayor David DiPietro. 

DiPietro defeated  Independent Christina Abt of Eden in the newly reconfigured 147th State Assembly District.  He celebrated his victory Tuesday evening with the Erie County Republican party.

Republican David DiPietro celebrates his victory in the 147th State Assembly District
Credit WBFO News photos by Eileen Buckley

"We are Shelly Silver's worst nightmare.  We don't back down," said DiPietro.