25 years ago

Nov. 9, 1994

Local voters bucked the national trend and favored most incumbents Tuesday, sending familiar names back to Washington and Albany.

The big exception was in the race for governor where George Pataki handily defeated Gov. Mario Cuomo by a margin of 3-1 and 4-1 in Chenango, Delaware, Otsego and Schoharie counties.

In the race for Otsego County judge, Republicans also prevailed with District Attorney Michael Coccoma defeating William Schebaum.

State Sen. James Seward, R-Milford, easily defeated Democrat Beverly Livesay of Ithaca for the third time, rolling up big margins in all but her home county. Sen. Charles Cook, R-Delhi, built up a healthy early lead over Democrat Joseph Stoeckler, Liberal Joseph Laux and Right to Life candidate Vincent Sallese.

In the lone contested Assembly race in the area, Democrat William Magee of Nelson held off Republican David Rees of Oneonta for the 111th District seat, the other local Assemblyman, Republican Clarence Rappleyea of Norwich, did not have opposition and can return to his post as minority leader.

The local delegation in Washington may remain the same with convincing wins by Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan, although he was not appreciated to his home in Pindars Corners, and Rep. Sherwood Boehlert, Rep. Maurice Hinchey of Saugerities was only a few votes ahead of his opponent with almost all of the votes counted.

Boehlert won convincingly over Democrat Charles Skeele and Donald Thomas, the Right to Life candidate. Hinchey, seeking a second term, lost his slim lead in a rematch with Republican Bob Moppert of Broome County.

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