"It was a Spitzer sweep," said Barlette. "The complexion of our towns is changing rapidly. Growth brings people from other communities who may not have the same political expectations."
What this election shows is a swing in the Republican strongholds of the district toward Democratic, said Barlette.
"And I think that's unfortunate," she said.
Reilly plans to capitalize on the swing as he settles down to another term in office and turn the newfound Democratic momentum toward upcoming town elections.
"We have to get the power out of the hands of these party bosses in the towns," he said. "My election is something that has to happen at the town level."
With this election, Reilly expects much out of his upcoming term, and said he plans to tackle a long list with the help of a Spitzer-led New York.