HUDSON VALLEY, N.Y. - Westchester County carried Pete Harckham (D-South Salem) to victory Tuesday night in the 40th State Senate District race over two-term incumbent Terrence Murphy (R-Yorktown).
Murphy topped Harckham by 8,049 votes in Dutchess and Putnam counties, but was bested by 10,170 in Westchester, according to unofficial results.
Here is the breakdown of votes:
Harckham, a former Westchester County legislator, thanked his supporters for the victory. He said he also spoke with Murphy and thanked him for his service and looks forward "to a smooth and professional transition."
"In Albany, I will work hard to represent everybody, not just those who voted for me," Harckham said. "I will be accountable for the words I say, the tone I set and the tenor of the work our office does in the community."
Harckham said he has an "ambitious agenda" for his for 30 days in office, including passing the Reproductive Health Act, Child Victims Act and Red Flag Bill.
He said Tuesday night's vote was a message that the Hudson Valley "wants to be a more tolerant, accepting and inclusive place and more civil in its public discourse."
"Our nation is dangerously divided," Harckham said. "Division may win elections occasionally, but it is not any way to build a sustainable community. Words matter, tone matters, truth matters, justice matters. We are stronger when [we] work together and everyone has a seat at the table. I believe our diversity is our greatest strength and appreciate the support of African American, Hispanic American, Muslim Americans, Jewish Americans our LGBTQ Brothers and sisters—and all Americans throughout the Hudson Valley."
Read our earlier interview with Pete Harckham.