Longtime incumbent Jack McEneny will keep his seat in the 104th Assembly District for at least one more term. He said his win comes at a special time in American politics.
McEneny, D-Albany, defeated Republican challenger Terry O'Neill for the 104th Assembly District seat, garnering 39,742 votes to O'Neill's 10,828, according to unofficial results from the Albany County Board of Elections.
McEneny said, though, he spent as much time concentrating on the national election between Sen. John McCain and now President-elect Barack Obama, as his own.
He also said he was thrilled to see the high voter turnout in all elections, especially in the national election.
There were a lot of first-time voters, McEneny said. "This is their JFK."
McEneny called Obama a "transformation" leader, and said that is what the country needs right now.
He said that this election season has inspired many people to get involved in the political process, and that is an exciting notion.
"We're on the threshold of a new era in American politics," McEneny said.
McEneny also congratulated fellow Democrat Sen. Neil Breslin, D-Delmar, who, as a result of the 2008 elections, is also in the state Senate majority.
"We all have to treat Neil Breslin a whole lot nicer now that he's in the majority," McEneny joked.
McEneny added that he still has an interest in bringing Hudson Valley Community College to "this side of the river," and will work to do so from his seat in the 104th Assembly District.
Challenger O'Neill released a written statement after his concession from the race.
"I want to thank the Albany County and City Republican Committees " John Graziano, Peter Kermani and the awesomely energetic Dan Farrell -- for giving me the astonishing privilege of seeing my name on the ballot a few inches away from that of the next president of the United States. I will never forget that. I owe you a debt of gratitude and of honor."